Monitoring the Ukrainian Ceasefire

Following the success of our Ukraine Conflict Vehicle Tracking Project Bellingcat is now starting a new project to monitor the Ukrainian ceasefire that comes into effect at midnight local time. As with the earlier project, Bellingcat will be using Checkdesk to crowdsource reports of ceasefire violations, and to also attempt to verify those reports. Once reports are verified they will be added to a Silk database allowing us to create a map of verified ceasefire violations embeddable on any website.

For this project, Checkdesk will be organised slightly differently from the Ukraine Conflict Vehicle Tracking Project. As before, we'll be using Bellingcat's Checkdesk, with users submitting links through the Submit Report option at the top of the page, but as we expect multiple reports to be linked to specific incidents each update will relate to an incident rather than individual reports.

For those of you who wish to participate this will be a chance to practise your skills at investigating social media, looking for information on events. If a violation is reported you should look at sites like YouTube, VKontakte, Twitter, Facebook and others, going keyword searches using the location names and other related words in Ukrainian and Russian. Text only posts from individuals in the local areas can be useful in these circumstances, as they help build a picture of what's going on in those areas, that can be further verified with photographic and video evidence.

For more information visit this link.

Feb 20 (?) Separatist tank destroyed near Donetsk Airport

Needs geolocation. Video posted by "Aerorosvidka" claiming destruction of separatist BMP near a terminal of the Donetsk airport.

Feb 18-20 - Various Debaltseve videos

rainer.kaltofen

i am not sure, ... what is with the building at 48°19'36.40" N 38°24'59.02" O ?

e613566

There's a church with blue/green roof at 2:51, and I don't see any such buildings in Debaltseve

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Debaltseve: Attack of DPR, published on 19th Feb 2015 - probably Fake EUROPA NEWS added by rainer.kaltofen
In Progress

Presence of ceasefire violations is far from a contentious issue, but some geolocation work unfinished.

Feb 16 Shelling near Donetsk Airport

Aric Toler

[email protected] claims that DNR was shelling its own position in order to "get [the BBC jouranlist and his crew] killed."
http://ukraineatwar.blogspot.com/2015/02/russian-proxies-tried-to-kill-b...

Aric Toler

DNR claims that Ukraine have 16 times shelled their positions at the Donetsk Airport, along with northern Donetsk and Nikishino: http://poslednije-novosti.ru/main/112531-opolchency-dnr-siloviki-16-raz-...

Aric Toler

Reporter says that the fire is both incoming and outgoing.

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Feb 16 Ongoing fighting near Shirokino

Feb 16 ongoing fighting near Shirokino dostali.hvatit added by patin.nathan
Verified by Bellingcat
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Aric Toler

Pro-Kremlin news (LifeNews) reporting that Azov Battalion is attacking Shirokino, trying to take town. Includes video of fighting.

Aric Toler

Ukrainian sources report 14 prisoners captured from Donbass battalion, 2 KIA, 10 missing. Ongoing battle in the town.

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Feb 15th Horlivka Grad attacks

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Unclear as to who conducted the Grad attacks, but either way, we know that ceasefire violations took place , as both sides are reporting Grad attacks in roughly the same areas of Horlivka.

Aric Toler

Additional reports from DNR that Ukraine fired on Horlivka: http://rbth.com/news/2015/02/16/dpr_claims_ukrainian_army_reopens_fire_o...

Aric Toler

Additional shelling reported, "regular" sounds of artillery, by local resident: https://twitter.com/ItechVK/status/567089140018458624

Aric Toler

Denis Pushilin (head of DNR) claims that Ukraine fired on Horlivka in three attacks:

«Было зафиксировано три обстрела Горловки артиллерий ВСУ. Один снаряд угодил в базу МЧС в районе Калиновка. В результате пострадала кровля здания. Также были попадания в жилые кварталы Центрального района города и в район Перово, — отметил он. – Это вызывает наибольшие опасения».

http://dan-news.info/gumanitary/vlasti-dnr-zafiksirovali-tri-obstrela-go...

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Feb 15th Overnight Reports from Bakhmutka

Multiple reports overnight claiming attacks in the Bakhmutka area.

https://twitter.com/lis_ukrop/status/566734206261547008
https://twitter.com/lis_ukrop/status/566739226847637504
https://twitter.com/loogunda/status/566733488762945537
https://twitter.com/lis_ukrop/status/566731901059469313
https://twitter.com/yurybarmin/status/566731463497113600
https://twitter.com/lis_ukrop/status/566722807816806400
https://twitter.com/lis_ukrop/status/566721403861630976
https://twitter.com/loogunda/status/566723358273064960

Feb 15th Toshkovka Checkpoint Attack

Tweets from Zeit journalist Alice Bota. Toshkovka is located here, just north of areas where there were other reported ceasefire violations overnight.

Bombed out ambulance on the road between Luhansk and Debaltseve

Feb 15th Overnight Reports from Sanzharivka

Eliot Higgins

Image purportedly showing a house destroyed in last nights attack https://twitter.com/lis_ukrop/status/566975524460056576

Eliot Higgins

Another report on the two causalities of the attack overnight https://twitter.com/Liveuamap/status/566870283194482688

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Feb 15th Overnight Reports from Debaltsevo

Multiple reports overnight claiming attacks in the Debaltsevo area.

https://twitter.com/yurybarmin/status/566740556794302464
https://twitter.com/rConflictNews/status/566741357415661568

Eliot Higgins

Reportedly images from attacks on Logvinovo https://twitter.com/MarQs__/status/566900176665972737

Eliot Higgins

Reports of tank fire at a government held checkpoint https://twitter.com/EuromaidanPR/status/566980608094916608

Eliot Higgins

Max Avdeev was in Logvinovo
https://twitter.com/avdeev
Reported fire from Ukrainian positions
https://twitter.com/avdeev/status/566876098844430336

Eliot Higgins

Report of 6 causalities of a mortar attack arriving at a local hospital https://twitter.com/olliecarroll/status/566927286168207360

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Feb 15th Overnight Reports from Popasnaya

Multiple reports overnight claiming attacks in the Popasnaya area.

https://twitter.com/NSDC_ua/status/566759395120664576
https://twitter.com/290381qwer/status/566748137608732675
https://twitter.com/EuromaidanPR/status/566749946955972608
https://twitter.com/MarQs__/status/566740432856838144
https://twitter.com/hu_popa/status/566738759384051712
https://twitter.com/yurybarmin/status/566732175320834048
https://twitter.com/yurybarmin/status/566728539480027137

Eliot Higgins

Image purportedly showing a house destroyed in last nights attack https://twitter.com/lis_ukrop/status/566975524460056576

Eliot Higgins

Another report on the two causalities of the attack overnight https://twitter.com/Liveuamap/status/566870283194482688

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Feb 15th Overnight Reports from Zolote

Multiple reports overnight claiming attacks in the Zolote area.

https://twitter.com/NSDC_ua/status/566759395120664576
https://twitter.com/EuromaidanPR/status/566747928044535808
https://twitter.com/EuromaidanPR/status/566737953373032448

Eliot Higgins

Image purportedly showing a house destroyed in last nights attack https://twitter.com/lis_ukrop/status/566975524460056576

Eliot Higgins

Another report on the two causalities of the attack overnight https://twitter.com/Liveuamap/status/566870283194482688

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