UKRAINE: ‘ Forgotten People of Lugansk Living in a Ghost Town That The West Has Forgotten’

#AceNewsServices – (Exclusive) – UKRAINE (Lugansk) – August 17 – After the armies have been and bombed the town, and destroyed everything in it wake. Then all that is left are people, trying to rebuild their shattered lives. But with no food, no shelter and no water – all they want to do is leave, but with over 450,000 people wanting to leave at once, and nobody wanting them, and no where to go. All some that are left can do is wait out their turn, and bear it, while the west fight over who is right and who is wrong, in this bloody conflict!

​’ Trying to leave Lugansk ‘

A fellow blogger write this poignant account:

The citizens of the eastern Ukrainian rebel stronghold, Lugansk, are living in a ghost town. The Army bombards the city with rockets.
Nobody knows how many people have died so far.

Correspondent Jan Hunin was one of the few who managed to reach the town.

Genadi, commander of the pro-Russian rebels in the eastern Ukrainian town of Perevalsk [a town adjoining Alchevsk, straddling the road between Lugansk and Debaltsevo -ed.] , is at the end of his tether. In the last two weeks, while a humanitarian disaster unfolds there, no Western journalist has been in Lugansk. Due to the bombardment by the Ukrainian Army the inhabitants are left without water and power. High time the West is notified of this dramatic situation, says the commander. So yes, he would really like to help. Except he does not know how.

Lugansk, the rebels’ eastern stronghold, is almost completely surrounded by the Ukrainian Army. The only way to reach the town is via Russia. The commander takes a map and shows the villages where the enemy is advancing.

“Only with a tank only can you get through,” jokes one of his comrades, an older man. He offers his bulletproof vest: “You’ll need it more than me”.

Well, a tank—we do not have one, all we do have is a discarded Cherry Amulet that for two days in the no man’s land between the front-lines has been trying to find a passage to the besieged town. The one time we thought we had reached our goal we encountered a Ukrainian Army post, and that was bad luck.

For Kiev it is better that the outside world does not know what is happening in Lugansk.

Photographer Jerome Sessini travelled along with Jan Hunin to Lugansk. His photos can be seen here.

Original: Spookstad Loehansk: ‘Alleen met een tank kom je er nog door’

Translation from Dutch by: TULIP / Translation edited by @GBabeuf

Original article by: Jan Hunin 12-8-14—09:29

On July 09 2014 RT reported about this ghost town – One of Ukraine’s biggest cities in the east, Lugansk, once home to almost 450,000 people, has recently become a ghost town – deserted streets, broken glass and abandoned households after repeated attacks by Kiev troops.

Published time: July 09, 2014 10:39

Edited time: July 09, 2014 16:51Get short URL

A house in the residential settlement Malaya Vergunka, on the outskirts of Lugansk, ruined by a Ukrainian air raid. (RIA Novosti/Mikhail Voskresenskiy)

A house in the residential settlement Malaya Vergunka, on the outskirts of Lugansk, ruined by a Ukrainian air raid. (RIA Novosti/Mikhail Voskresenskiy)

The bombing never stops. Every day bring news destruction and new casualties. Shells are landing not only in the suburbs but also in the city center, making Lugansk a very place dangerous to live in.

The town of Lugansk during an artillery attack. (RIA Novosti/Valeriy Melnikov)

The town of Lugansk during an artillery attack. (RIA Novosti/Valeriy Melnikov)

Just in the past 24 hours, Kiev forces fired 13 artillery shells at the city, killing two people and injuring six more, according to Lugansk city council. Residential blocks and several public buildings were destroyed in the attack.

A house in the residential settlement Bolshaya Vergunka, on the outskirts of Lugansk, ruined by an artillery shelling of the Ukrainian army. (RIA Novosti/Mikhail Voskresenskiy)

A house in the residential settlement Bolshaya Vergunka, on the outskirts of Lugansk, ruined by an artillery shelling of the Ukrainian army. (RIA Novosti/Mikhail Voskresenskiy)

On June 9, there was a strike on a residential building in the city center – all the people miraculously survived. “I had just gone out to the balcony and then I heard glass breaking and I realized we were being attacked,” says Grigory Rudenko, a local resident.

A resident looks at a hole on July 9, 2014 in the ceiling of his apartment, in a building damaged the day before by Ukrainian forces' mortar fire, in Lugansk, eastern Ukraine (AFP Photo)

A resident looks at a hole on July 9, 2014 in the ceiling of his apartment, in a building damaged the day before by Ukrainian forces’ mortar fire, in Lugansk, eastern Ukraine (AFP Photo)

Another resident, Valentina Verbetskaya, is happy that the bombs didn’t hurt her neighbor: “You were on a balcony? And you survived? Oh, my God!” “I don’t know what to do, where to hide, where they’re going to fire from next time…”she adds.

Broken windows in a residential building that was damaged by the mortar fire of Ukrainian forces in Lugansk. (RIA Novosti/Valeriy Melnikov)

Broken windows in a residential building that was damaged by the mortar fire of Ukrainian forces in Lugansk. (RIA Novosti/Valeriy Melnikov)

The locals joke that there are no traffic jams in Lugansk as the majority of its residents – tired, nervous and angry – have already left the city to escape the attacks.

A car burnt during an artillery shelling of the Ukrainian army. (RIA Novosti/Mikhail Voskresenskiy)

A car burnt during an artillery shelling of the Ukrainian army. (RIA Novosti/Mikhail Voskresenskiy)

Local residents who have remained in Lugansk worry that a humanitarian crisis may engulf the city: food, water supplies and electricity are scarce and local hospitals may soon stop functioning in the area.

The consequences of an artillery attack on the town of Lugansk. (RIA Novosti/Valeriy Melnikov)

The consequences of an artillery attack on the town of Lugansk. (RIA Novosti/Valeriy Melnikov)

The city’s public services such as banks, shops, post offices and restaurants have closed their doors in fear of possible attacks.

A resident is seen through her window on July 9, 2014 inside her apartment, in a building damaged the day before by Ukrainian forces' mortar fire, in Lugansk, eastern Ukraine. (AFP Photo)

A resident is seen through her window on July 9, 2014 inside her apartment, in a building damaged the day before by Ukrainian forces’ mortar fire, in Lugansk, eastern Ukraine. (AFP Photo)

RT video depicts a damaged building which used to be one of the city’s banks in Lugansk’s center. A self-defence forces base was reportedly the aim of the Kiev troops. However, this is about 1 km away from the building.

RT’s Maria Finoshina reports from the scenes of recent attacks in Lugansk.

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