Around Slavyansk concentrated armored Ukrainian units, controlled by Kiev. On the streets and entrances strengthen the barricades, the militia fighters are preparing for a possible shelling from the dominant heights. About this correspondent. ITAR-TASS was reported by the acting head of Slavyansk Vyacheslav Ponomarev, the commander of the self-defense battalion.
“Troops surrounded the city. In almost all areas, armored vehicles are concentrated, Tanks, Armored personnel carrier. Getting ready. If they go, they will have to stop, ”said Ponomarev, ITAR-TASS.
According to Ponomarev, there is no solid ring yet. Roads and main entrances to the city remain free, under the control of self-defense forces of the Donetsk People's Republic. At the same time, the militia seriously fear that artillery may take the dominant height, Mount Karachun, and begin shelling the city center.
This morning Nelly Shtepa, the mayor of Slavyansk, who was dismissed from her post by the decision of the Territorial Community, the transitional body of local self-government, gave an interview to the Kiev media. Shtepa claimed that marauders were rampant in the city, chaos reigned. Ponomarev believes that Shtepa deliberately spreads misinformation and betrays her own people - the day before she fled the city.
"Just yesterday, we returned to the streets, armed the police, in the city a full order," - says Ponomarev.
The last day in Slavyansk really passed absolutely calmly. Riots, looting facts were not recorded from the very beginning of active speeches of supporters of federalization.
Most shops, clinics, and hospitals operate on a regular schedule. The exception is schools and kindergartens, where classes have been temporarily stopped. Residents of Slavyansk quietly move around the city, public transport continues to work, restrictions on entry to the center, to the administration, apply only to private cars.
Today in Slavyansk warm weather. The streets are quite crowded, even on the square in front of the city administration mothers with strollers walk around.
“For the kindergartens, of course, I won’t say thanks to the people's power. I have a wagon, and they were closed, I have nowhere to go with the child. But nothing, we walk. And now at least there is order, it is clear who we are, who controls us, ”says one of the local residents.
At the same time, the people's militia continues to strengthen the building of the city administration, part of the stairs and openings are blocked. Representatives of the Militia of Donbass do not exclude that in the evening the assault could begin. Another danger is provocations and attacks by militant groups that could penetrate the city.
Parts under control of Kiev took Slavyansk in a ring, preparing to storm
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