Q: First tell me how you ended up in Simonafka,
A: We came to Simonafka on the very first day...
Q: When is that... when the road block was formed?
A: In the days when there was no road block, in those days we held out the best we could. We thought they would advance but they never did, so we strengthened our positions. They sent us mortars(UA troops).
Q: This was before the column of soldiers was attacked?
Q: Ok, what about the battle that sarted on the 3rd (of June)... In the morning there was... 6am
A: Preparations... I will tell you exactly, some time after 5am planes started flying over heard and began bombing, preparing for a weak attack, they though they killed everyone ...then came a tank morning time with the cover of BTR's (from the top), after the tanks came a column of soldiers, conscripts… they were trying to hide behind the road block. We opened fire on them...
Q: They were young,
A: Yes they were young boys, 18-19 year olds... We opened fire and they started falling. They could not realize where the fire was coming from, they tried to hide behind a tank but fell one by one. The column fell back and we opened up on the tank with everything we had. The tank stopped for a moment.. and then continued onwards.
Q: Maybe they radioed with their command?
A: Yes probably, I don’t know. Then slowly it began to move forward, ofcourse the BTR's...
Q: What side was the hill on?
A: Well there was a bridge, they came onto the hill (BTR's) and covered the tanks and the column.
Q: The tank traveled right along the road?
A: Yes right along the road,
Q: On the side of BZR? Simonafka?
A: Yes, towards the road block. And of course began to destroy the stone blocks.
Q: And the people inside, you had losses were there injured, killed?
A: Yes... that’s how it goes.
A: We shot at it with all the weapons we had, it was useless. It continued onwards, with no rush. It got all the way to the roadblock, and destroyed all of the stone blocks. We got a hit on it with a "shtora" head on, and damaged the turret. The tank stopped for a second and looked around, it was there by itself with no cover from troops so it began to slowly retreat. When it started to move back the su-25 joined in, at first they fired at us, but then they saw the retreating tank and opened fire. They opened fire on the tank and the retreating troops.
Q: Started firing where the tank was?
A: Yes... I don’t know who they fired at.. But somewhere in the vicinity of the tank. Slowly they pulled that tank bank, and the BTR also began to burn.. so they pulled back off the hill.
Q: You also said when the tank pulled back it ran over the injured soldiers?
A: Yes of course, the injured that fell, no one bothered to collect them. The spot where they fell with their weapons is where they remained when the tank drove over them... and they are still there. It’s a mess (literally). People are afraid to go there, the snipers operate consistently...
Q: Ok, but we are not preventing them from picking up their dead...
A: They don’t need them!
Q: If there was an ambulance to pick them, you wouldn’t fire on them.
A: Yes they are welcome to pick them up... Two cares drove onto bridge and where fired upon by the troops (UA).
Q: Regular cars?
A: Yes these where civilian cars, they came from Kharkov, the cars are there now burned. The Ukrainian army opened fire on them, the drivers where lucky to get out, one was in shock... they sent them on their way home. Those two burned out car chassis are still there on the bridge... and past them is where the corpses of the soldier are still laid out.. graves with Ukrainian soldiers over there are full to the brim...
Q: You can see them?
A: Well, all you got to do is look on the side of the road, they are in shallow graves. I don’t know where Western Ukrainians are looking. Do they consider them their people?
Q: Well their mothers probably do...
A: Of course a lot of our guys have died as well...
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In the remaining portion this guy describes how it was like to be under the rain of Ukrainian mortars, artillery, and tank shells. This portion is really interesting but can some one else can translate, its hard work . Basically he describes being able to duck from mortars within 2 seconds, but tank shells are trickier and don't produce any sound except the explosion when they hit near by... After being under the bombardment for two days the guy looks shell shocked as any person