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14 military killed in chopper downed in E. Ukraine - acting president

Published time: May 29, 2014 09:39
Edited time: May 29, 2014 12:29
Reuters / Baz Ratner

Reuters / Baz Ratner

Fourteen Ukrainian soldiers have been killed in a helicopter crash near the city of Slavyansk in the Donetsk Region, according to the acting president of Ukraine, Aleksandr Turchinov.

Anti-government protesters in Slavyansk have downed a Ukrainian forces helicopter in the south-east of Slavyansk in the Donetsk region.

Fourteen servicemen, including a major-general, Vladimir Kulchitsky, have have been killed in a helicopter crash near Slavyansk, according to the acting president of Ukraine, Aleksandr Turchinov, who spoke at a parliamentary session in Kiev.

Kulchitsky, 51, was the head of the department of Combat and Special training in Ukraine’s National Guard.

Meanwhile, Ukraine’s National Guard reported 12 dead: six servicemen, including the helicopter crew and six members of the Berkut forces.

Ukraine’s army has started shelling the eastern Ukraine cities of Slavyansk and Kramatorsk, thereby resuming its massive military operation in the East of the country, local news outlets report.

“A full-scale military operation has begun in Kramatorsk and Slavyansk. BM-21 launch vehicle “Grad” are being used,” Donbas-based Ostrov agency says.

“Intensive shooting has been heard in the region, and thick black smoke seen,” he added.

One more damaged house in Slavyansk. The residents were outside during the attack.

Meanwhile, Itar-Tass has reported that fighter jets have been flying over the city of Kramatorsk in the Donetsk Region. “The hospitals were told to evacuate patients from the upper floors,” said a representative from the self-defense forces.

On Wednesday a school and a kindergarten were shelled in Slavyansk. In the kindergarten at least 9 civilians were injured, including a 4-year old boy.

A teacher from the targeted school said that the shell exploded right above the school hall, where children are usually gathered for festive events, and part of the roof “was simply blown away.” Luckily, no children were in the hall at the time. All the pupils and teachers were quickly evacuated to the basement.

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Spetsnaz Reaper 06.06.2014 20:05

The Ukrainian Army are the real terrorist shelling the City of Donetsk indiscriminately and thus killing innocent Civilians in the process. Artillery isn't very accurate when you start firing at a City. Just look at civilian casualties in Iraq when the USA used cluster bombs and so on and so forth.

Also Grozny was shelled with the same artillery systems that the Ukrainians use such as BM-21 Grad & BM-30 Smerch to name a few. Civilian casualties are always high when artillery is used in built up, highly populated areas.


Egor Khorvat 31.05.2014 02:16

"Besides Slavyansk and part of neighboring Kramatorsk, with a population of 160,000 people, the tract given to Shell includes the cities of Krasny Luch and Svyatogorsk in the Donetsk region, as well as Balakeya and Izyum in the neighboring Kharkov region. And the shale gas extraction contract is written such that the Ukrainian government is obligated to forcibly take property away from its lawful owners if Shell states that it plans to drill on those lands. The vicinity of Slavyansk has been selected as the location for the drilling of the first gas wells" Polish Death Squads Fighting in Ukraine. Nikolai Malishevski


Poppadop1 31.05.2014 00:09

Blue 30.05.2014 15:52

The historic actions of the US empire shows that in countries thay want to control they support right wing extremists such as nazis to break the country up and make it weak....


That's NEO-Nazis, the bankster bastardization. REAL Nazis took Germany from one of the countries worst hit by the Great Depression to an economic powerhouse; that's the exact opposite of weak. Other than that, you're right.

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