July 8, 2014 - DPR Prepares for Ukrainian Assault

This is a clip from "The Attempted Siege of Donetsk I"

Meanwhile in Donetsk DPR forces were manning checkpoints and preparing to defend against the army.[14] A group of armed fighters arrived at a police station and took control of it unopposed.[15] Officers were gathered in the courtyard and offered to stay and join the DPR.

"Are any of you willing to give the oath of allegiance to the People's Republic of Donetsk and its people?" asked one DPR soldier, before receiving a chorus of agreement. "Everyone who wants to defend his land, to take up arms, will take the oath of the Donetsk People's Republic. Those who do not want to can go home."

"What are the subtleties?" asked one officer.

"Now I'll tell you," replied the DPR soldier. "Now there is only one subtlety. We are waiting for an attack on the city by Nazi troops, which are now moving to Gorlovka, Artemovsk and us." 

Later he spoke of the fate of police in cities recently taken by Ukraine: "Kramatorsk and Slavyansk showed it. There were also those who wanted to stay with 'the people'. Everyone of them is already in Dnepropetrovsk. In Dnepropetrovsk, and in handcuffs. And they are severely beaten there... We will not keep anyone by force. I speak frankly."

"Many officers do not want to go, because they can lose their length of service, their service record, and pension," asked another officer. 

"What can we say? The war is going on. Guys, you must understand."

The New York Times reported an airstrike near the outskirts of the city:

The city seemed as if it was waiting for something. Streets were empty. Many stores were closed. And rebels were building barricades on some of the smaller outer roads...
July 8, 2014 - Damaged coal mine[16]
The quiet was broken around 1 p.m., when a fighter jet fired at an abandoned coal mine that had served as a makeshift base for some of the rebels. Local news agencies quoted Ukrainian forces as saying that fighter jets had not been flying Tuesday. But the sound was clear, prompting dozens of pedestrians to look skyward. No one was hurt, but residents were shaken. 
“I never thought I’d see such a thing in Donetsk,” said Alexander, 17, who was standing with his mother at a bus stop near the explosion. He said that his bus, No. 42, arrived with several broken windows just minutes later, and that people at the bus stop were panicking, with “tears and hysterics.”
He had been trying to persuade his parents to let him join the rebels, he said, and now he would redouble his efforts.[17]
Russian news agency TASS reported under the headline "State Aviation Service of Ukraine closed the airspace in the east":
The Ministry of Transport noted that the resumption of air traffic in the area of the military operation will be carried out after full stabilisation of the situation in the region.
"The airspace is closed for any civil aircraft in order to ensure an appropriate level of safety. Through airspace is only possible transit of aircraft engaged in flight above (7900m)," - said in a statement.[18] 

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