After a month of moderate peace, the battle between Russia-backed rebels and government troops in eastern Ukraine resumed in January, with more than two hundred people being killed in the past three weeks. On Wednesday, February 4, 2015, substantial shelling in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine killed at least five people. Not only were five lives taken but the shelling also caused damage to a hospital, six schools and five kindergartens. The casualties have not been confirmed from the west part of Donetsk but a rebel-ran Donetsk News Agency reported five deaths in and around a hospital in the Tekstilshchik district. A witness to the shelling reported six or seven explosions, describing the attack as extremely terrifying. European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini has ordered the extraction of heavy weaponry from Ukrainian cities and a truce for at least three days to guarantee the safe evacuation of civilians from the conflict zone. Although there have been several cries for a truce in eastern Ukraine in the past week, the communication collapsed on Saturday. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is reaching out to U.S. President Barack Obama in hopes that the United States will aid the Ukraine by sending weapons. Poroshenko will have the opportunity to present his case to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday.
The report also states that four civilians lost their lives in the days prior to Wednesday’s shelling. Something that I will never understand is why innocent civilians have to lose their lives within these conflicts. As the conflict rises, the number of civilian casualties is skyrocketing. Bombing hospitals, schools, and kindergartens is attacking the weak. How are children supposed to defend, protect, or even know what is going on?
February 4, 2015