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Explosions heard in Slavyansk, reports of fighting

Published time: May 17, 2014 01:00
Ukrainian soldiers and police take position at a checkpoint near the eastern Ukranian city of Slavyansk on May 15, 2014 (AFP Photo / Vasily Maximov)

Ukrainian soldiers and police take position at a checkpoint near the eastern Ukranian city of Slavyansk on May 15, 2014 (AFP Photo / Vasily Maximov)

Military action has reportedly resumed in the town of Slavyansk in Ukraine’s Donetsk Region, with local residents reporting on social media loud explosions and a large number of signal bombs in the sky.

At least one self-defense activist was wounded as fighting resumed between Kiev forces and self-defense units, Hromadske TV reported, citing local residents.

"[There was a] very strong blast - it was heard in the center [of the town]. Windows are shaking on Artema Street," one local said on social media.

“At 21:00 local time the battle began in Andreevka. The junta has artillery and is shelling from its positions on Mount Karachun. At the same time, Kiev troops delivered a blow from behind Semyonovka,” the self-defense forces of the People’s Republic of Donetsk told

“The blast was so powerful...that I thought lightning struck a fence nearby,” one resident wrote.

Comments (25)


Ivan De Bruin 17.05.2014 10:06

GGSinclair 17.05.2014 09:57

I dont know what news channels you are watching but there has been no retreat


I know you watch CNN though so wont even say anything to people who think Ukraine is Pakistan and Luhasnk if Kiev, there has been a number of retreats, your homosexually funded news channels hide that from you and refer to east Ukrainians as Russian terrorists. Your amazing soldiers even drive over farmers trying to stop them and laugh and run around with a grenade in their hand and holding the pin threatening people and laughing?they outnumber then to 100s of times and still fail


Ivan De Bruin 17.05.2014 09:10

georg12 17.05.2014 06:04

i cant agree more, west ukr fascist only good at killing unarmed people if any resistance they run away. this is proven by history.


Yes, after they shoot at unarmed people they go hide in the building and let the people die, but if the militia comes against them, they get shot, maybe a heli or 2 gets shot down and then they retreat for a few days. The are true cowards, those 'soldiers', if they don't have the guts to fight to death for what they believe they should reconsider their beliefs like so many other on E.UKR. They will never win this against their own.


Alexandre Bourinski 17.05.2014 05:55

[quote name='Alexandre Bourinski' time='17.05.2014 05:39']
You must keep the human life — how his or someone else's — the largest gift given to the creator. Therefore, forbidden to endanger themselves and others. Prohibition of murder. It is prohibited to kill any human being is a child or an adult, man or woman, and even the embryo in the womb of the mother. The one who sent another murder, as if killed himself. The one who has caused the death of another, for example, locked him in a room and one died of hunger, is also considered a killer.

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