Zelenopillia rocket attack
|Zelenopillia rocket attack|
|Part of War in Donbas|
|Commanders and leaders|
Col. Ihor Momot †|
(Head of State Border Service)
|State Border Guard Service of Ukraine||Russian Ground Forces|
|1 Armored group||
122-millimeter Grad rocket batteries|
2 Orlan-10 drones
|Casualties and losses|
2 Batallions worth of vehicles and tanks lost
|1 Orlan-10 drone shot down|
The Zelenopillia rocket attack took place on 11 July 2014 during the War in Donbas. The rocket barrage, which was launched by Russian forces from inside Russian territory, killed 37 Ukrainian soldiers and border guards in a camp at Zelenopillia, Luhansk Oblast.
In the early morning of 11 July 2014, Russian forces fired a barrage of 9K51M "Tornado-G" rockets in 40 salvos beginning at 4:40 a.m. They targeted an armored convoy of the Ukrainian Ground Forces from a distance of 15 km. The Ukrainian column was camped in a field near the village of Zelenopillia, situated along the main highway to Luhansk in the Sverdlovsk Raion near Rovenky. The town is located only 9 km from the Russian border. The Ukrainian armored brigades were a part of a main contingent of troops guarding the Ukrainian-Russian border against the illegal movement of military equipment from Russia into Eastern Ukraine.
At least 19 soldiers were killed and 93 others were injured in the rocket strike. Four Ural-4320 transport trucks full of troops were struck. According to one Ukrainian soldier's account, the 1st Battalion of the 79th Mykolaiv Airmobile Brigade was "almost completely destroyed" during the rocket onslaught. Chief physician of a regional hospital, Serhiy Ryzhenko reported the wounded to be in grave condition, with some undergoing traumatic leg amputations and loss of limbs.
According to an investigation a year later, 30 Ukrainian soldiers and 7 border guards were killed and over 100 soldiers were wounded during that strike. Ukrainian border guards Colonel Ihor Momot was among the fallen. Materiel losses were equivalent to two battalions worth of equipment.
In response to the rocket strike, Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko held an emergency cabinet meeting and issued a statement condemning the attack and vowing to "find and destroy" the pro-Russian rebels accountable. He also said for every Ukrainian serviceman's life the militants will pay with "tens and hundreds of their own".
The United States Department of Treasury instituted a new set of sanctions on Russia after reliable evidence emerged that the rockets were fired from within Russian territory. Videos by a resident of the rocket launchers firing at Ukrainian positions, matched the very same Google Maps view of the same physical features inside Russian territory, bordering Ukraine.
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