At least 13 civilians and likely dozens more have been killed by continuing artillery barrages, as government troops close in on militia positions around the city of Gorlovka in eastern Ukraine.
A 1-year old – killed next to her parents – and a 5-year old are among the dead, according to information published by the Donetsk regional administration. Several local journalists on the ground have reported that as many as 30 have been killed, as fighting continues.
You can click here to view the rest of the report, which includes video of the shelling.
Meanwhile the US and the mainstream media continue trying to sell us on the idea that it’s “all Putin’s fault”–using State Department-released satellite images that supposedly prove Russia fired artillery rounds into Ukraine from across the border.
The Washington Post has published the images and an accompanying story. Go there and have a look at the image, and then come back and compare it with the two photos above of the man, woman, and their baby lying dead in the grass. Were they killed by artillery shells fired from Russia? I don’t think so.
Here’s a bit from the Post’s story:
The Obama administration has said that direct Russian participation in Ukraine, along with its failure to use its influence on the separatists to allow international inspectors to reach the site of the July 17 Malaysian airliner crash inside separatist territory, should lead to increased sanctions against Russia.
In a statement following President Obama’s call to Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Thursday, the White House said the two “agreed that Russia must not be permitted to destabilize the situation in Ukraine without incurring costs and that, accordingly, the international community will need to enact additional sanctions.”
The administration has said it is considering its own additional measures against Russia, while European officials are scheduled to meet this week in Brussels to discuss activating new sanctions against key Russian economic sectors.
Deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes said Sunday that the United States and Europe are likely to develop stronger sanctions this week against Russia.
“We still think that the best thing the United States can do is send a message to Russia through very strong sanctions coordinated with the Europeans, and I’d expect in the coming days you will see the Europeans move out on stronger sanctions,” Rhodes said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
In other words, Kiev is killing civilians, but it’s Russia they want to put sanctions on.