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80 Ukrainian soldiers surrender to self-defense forces in Lugansk

Published time: May 29, 2014 01:18
Edited time: May 29, 2014 09:38

Reuters / Marko Djurica

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All of the 80 Ukrainian troops holed up at a Lugansk military base have surrendered to self-defense forces who stormed the military installation hosting the Ukrainian National Guard.

The initial assault lasted for 10-15 minutes with almost unceasing gunfire, witnesses say. A video reportedly filmed near the attacked facility has appeared on YouTube.

There are conflicting reports on casualties and the outcome of the attack, which took place on the territory of an Air Force academy. Earlier, at least one Ukrainian soldier was reported to be seriously injured.

According to RT’s Paula Slier, one anti-government protester was killed in the gunfight and there have been several injures on both sides.

All of the 80 Ukrainian soldiers holed up at the base surrendered, reported RIA Novosti. The servicemen were escorted out of the building as the other side applauded.

Self-defense commander Gennady Tsepkalo also confirmed to journalists that all troops have surrendered. He promised that all soldiers will be sent home shortly.

It had earlier been reported that only ten troops surrendered and others barricaded themselves inside the base, with some of the soldiers saying that their captain had forbidden them from surrendering.

These events come as Kiev has intensified military operations in eastern Ukraine. On Wednesday, Kiev mortar shells hit a school and a kindergarten in Slavyansk, injuring at least nine civilians.

Comments (266)


Andres Andreeva 31.05.2014 14:38

These "soilders" are pussies, cowards and traitors to just surrender. This is a problem with the mentality here both Russian and Ukrainian mentality here in Ukraine is very twisted and with out any dignity. These pro-Russian terrorist are a bunch of idiots who are ruining our Oblasts (Lugansk and Donetsk) They are nothing but ex-cons from Prison (Terma) alcoholics with out any employment, drug users (many of them) loosers who only love to fight and drink all the time not just during this crises in Ukraine but even 1 year ago. These so-called men are big ZERO's They are nothing more than criminals


Poppadop1 31.05.2014 04:05

G Dean VanGaya 30.05.2014 20:59

Russian-Ukrai nians stand up for themselves and prove themselves worthy allies, and Russia hangs them out to dry by moving their forces off the border!? Russia deserves no respect if it won't fight fascists to save it's own.


Ever heard of the Danzig Massacres? Someone [one guess who] got Poland to kill thousands of Germans. When Hitler mobilized to stop this, he was painted as the aggressor and World War 2 started in earnest.

Uk raine's situation is getting similar to Danzig, so Putin is right to be cautious.


Matthew Zabka 31.05.2014 01:12

Does RT realize how stupid it is to call them "self-defense&q uot; forces when they attack a National Guard base?

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