Bellingcat proves Russia shelled Ukraine in 2014
Investigative journalists scrutinize satellite data.
Bellingcat, an international network of investigative journalists, has unearthed numerous facts of the use of Grad multiple launch rocket systems by the Russian army from its territory against Ukraine.
"We investigated the attacks in Ukraine in the summer of 2014. There is plenty of proof that the attacks had been launched from the other side of the border, Russia, but we did not have enough evidence," the head of the organization, Eliot Higgins, told the German ARD TV channel.
Now, Higgins noted, evidence has been obtained based on the analysis of satellite data. Using the Google programmes, "one can see that the fields [in eastern Ukraine] have come under Grad fire, more than 300 attacks, since mid-July 2014,” he noted.
The same maps show the multiple launches from camouflaged rocket systems. Russian servicemen fired in at least five directions. There is video evidence in social networks, and it was possible to establish the exact locations with the help of Google Maps. "Everything indicates that those were planned attacks," the journalist said in conclusion.