South Front Crisis News 15 June: Will Kiev use Transnistria to provoke Russia-NATO clash?

A France Presse journalist Alexander Gayuk was wounded in shelling of the Donetsk suburb settlement Oktyabrskiy on Sunday. The journalist was taken to a local hospital. "The shelling was very intensive. I was lucky," he told the Donetsk News Agency over the phone. Apparently, Kiev government has already prepared a statement reporting that AFP journalist has shelled himself.

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The Ukrainian Defense Ministry's intention to deploy air defense systems on the border with the self-proclaimed republic of Transdniestria clearly pursues the aim of dragging Russia into another regional conflict to which NATO might be a party, which should certainly ring the alarm bell for the EU countries, the president of the International Centre for Geo-Political Analysis, Leonid Ivashov, stated. Earlier, The Odessa-based Internet resource Timer says with reference to the Ukrainian Defense Ministry the S-300 air defense complexes have been set on the border with the Transdniestrian republic. Meanwhile, the governor of the Odessa Region, Mikheil Saakashvili, has been planning to close 450-kilometer-long border between Ukraine and Transdniestria. In fact, the Ukrainian authorities will lay siege to a region with a population of half a million.

At least 10 people were killed and 20 injured when the bomb attack was carried out in Baghdad on Sunday night. Police said a vehicle with the explosives hit a market in Baghdad's Qahira neighborhood, adding that several shops and cars were burned and damaged in the attack. The Islamic State terrorist group, probably, is responsible for the attack. The city of Baghdad, constantly aimed by ISIS terror attacks, is one of the main purposes of militants' advance in the region.

On Saturday, the terrorists detonated four explosives-laden cars in a bomb attack against a local headquarters of the Iraqi volunteer forces in the area of Hajjaj, which lies on the Tikrit-Baiji road in Salahuddin Province, killing 14 Iraqi army soldiers. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the bombing.

14 June Military Report

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