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""Flag of Pisky
""Pisky is located in Donetsk Oblast
Location of Pisky within Ukraine
""Pisky is located in Ukraine
Pisky (Ukraine)
Coordinates: 48°3′44″N 37°40′30″E / 48.06222°N 37.67500°E / 48.06222; 37.67500"Coordinates: 48°3′44″N 37°40′30″E / 48.06222°N 37.67500°E / 48.06222; 37.67500
Country  "Ukraine
"Province "Donetsk Oblast
"District "Yasynuvata Raion
Elevation 189 m (620 ft)
Population ("2001 census)
 • Total 2,160
"Time zone EET ("UTC+2)
 • Summer ("DST) EEST ("UTC+3)
"Postal code 86053
"Area code +380 6236

Pisky ("Ukrainian: Піски; Russian: Пески) is a village in "Yasynuvata Raion ("district) in "Donetsk Oblast of eastern "Ukraine, at about 10 km "NW from the center of "Donetsk city and at about 2 km from the western border of "Donetsk airfield. The village is a former wealthy suburb of Donetsk.[1]

In the "War in Donbass the village switched hands many times (between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian forces).[2] Since 21 July 2014 the city is under control of the "Ukrainian army.[2] According to an eye witness the "Dnipro Battalion captured the settlement that day on its own initiative.[2] Commander of Dnipro Battalion's squadron 5 Volodymyr Shylov claims they then ignored orders to leave Pisky.[2] Since then the village comes under daily attack from the separatists.[2][3][4][5]

Pisky was one of the hotspots of the (September 2014 – January 2015) "Second Battle of Donetsk Airport.[3][6]

The conflict brought along both civilian and military casualties to the village that had a population of 2,000 before the War in Donbass.[7][8][9][10] In June 2015 only a dozen of the poorest civilians continued to live in Pisky, many of them shell-shocked and carrying injuries.[1] By then, the village lay in ruins.[1] On 27 August 2015 the village counted six residents – according to observers of the "OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine.[11] "BBC News correspondent "Fergal Keane reported on 8 February 2016 that 18 people lived in Pisky.[7]


  1. ^ a b c The 93rd brigade: Part of the Red Army in WWII, it now fights against Russian-backed separatists, "The Independent (13 June 2015)
  2. ^ a b c d e We Can Win After All, The Ukrainian Week (6 August, 2015)
  3. ^ a b Shelling pierces ceasefire in Ukraine's ghost town of Pisky, "Ukraine Today (Nov. 26, 2015)
  4. ^ Pisky, "Ukrinform
  5. ^ What the war in Ukraine looks like: B-sides after five days on the front, "Washington Post (August 17, 2015)
    This Is What the Ukraine War Looks Like: 8 Days on the Front Line, "The Daily Signal (June 20, 2015)
    Fears of new flareup in Ukraine as violence grows on frontline, "Yahoo! News (November 11, 2015)
    Situation in Donbas tense: 47 attacks in 24 hrs on ATO forces, "UNIAN (7 February 2016)
  6. ^ "Ukraine forces admit loss of Donetsk airport to rebels". The Guardian. 21 January 2015. Retrieved 22 January 2015. 
    "The cease-fire war in Donetsk". The Washington Post. 28 October 2014. Retrieved 21 January 2015. 
  7. ^ a b Return to the village on Ukraine's frontline, "BBC News (8 February 2016)
  8. ^ "Ukraine crisis: The town where war still rages on". "BBC News Online. 26 May 2015. Retrieved 6 January 2016. 
  9. ^ Gibbons-Neff, Thomas (17 August 2015). "What the war in Ukraine looks like: B-sides after five days on the front". "The Washington Post. Retrieved 6 January 2016. 
  10. ^ Losh, Jack (30 December 2015). "Best of 2015: The Priest, the Pianist, a Cat, and a DIY Sauna—One Week in Ukraine's Forgotten War". "Vice News. Retrieved 6 January 2016. 
  11. ^ В Пісках залишилось лише шестеро жителів

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