More than 50 self-defense fighters killed during airstrike in Kramatorsk(UKRAINE UPPDATE)

More than 50 militiamen killed in an air strike on their positions in the Kramatorsk area, head of the military operation information group Vladislav Seleznev wrote on his page on Facebook. "June 14, as a result of the air strike on Druzhkivka location near Kramatorsk - more than 50 people were killed, about 150 were injured," wrote V.Seleznev.


"During aviation operations in the same area an ammunition storage facility was destroyed," cites Interfax. According to him, witnesses observed explosions in air strike area for three hours.During aviation operations in the same area an ammunition storage facility was destroyed," cites Interfax. According to him, witnesses observed explosions in air strike area for three hours.[/list] 1-a

Ukrainian law enforcers engaged in a fight with armed units, which opened mortar fire at the Kramatorsk airfield in the Donetsk region, head of the Ukrainian group Information Resistance Dmitry Tymchuk wrote on Facebook. The law enforcers destroyed two mortars and an engineer support vehicle of the self-defense forces, he said. The refugees' flow continues to grow as violence expands all across Eastern Ukraine.

Tymchuk also claimed that about 40 men fighting the Ukrainian law enforcers were killed in the clash. The law enforcers had no casualties, Tymchuk cited tentative reports. There have been no confirmations to this information from other sources.

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A militia commander from the self-proclaimed "Donetsk People's Republic", Igor Strelkov, has claimed that the Ukrainian Armed Forces' roadblock between the cities of Slavyansk and Kramatorsk was destroyed.

"A roadblock that was obstructing communication between Slovyansk and Kramatorsk has been destroyed. The operation was carried out by special operations units of the militia of the Donetsk People's Republic with the support of mine-clearing engineer vehicles. Snipers eliminated seven Ukrainian servicemen, at least 14 were trapped in the trenches by the mine-clearing engineer vehicles, and another 30-35 were injured," Strelkov said on his Facebook account on Tuesday.

Lugansk People's Republic self-defense claims that the Ukrainian Armed Forces have launched strikes against the village of Rubezhnoye near Severodonetsk.

"The adversary is carrying out strikes against the village of Rubezhnoye. Our self-defense are responding to the assault. A gun battle is underway in the village at the moment," "Southeast Front" spokesman Kostantin Knirik told Interfax.

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Ukrainian servicemen open artillery fire on Slavyansk in the Donetsk Region during periods when local residents try to leave the city, spokeswoman for the people’s mayor said. Soldiers of self-defense forces near embattled eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk destroy at Grad multiple-launch rocket system.

According to ITAR-TASS soldiers of self-defense forces near embattled eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk destroy at least one Grad multiple-launch rocket system (MLRS), Stella Khorosheva, a spokeswoman for the Slavyansk people’s mayor, said. Ukrainian servicemen open artillery fire on Slavyansk in the Donetsk Region during periods when local residents try to leave the city, she added.

"The city is most bombed from 09:00 to 13:00, when people are either trying to depart in buses or are being taken out by volunteers. Military age men, in particular, wounded, are not allowed to leave Slavyansk via Ukrainian security checkpoints," Khorosheva said, adding that “Ukrainian military allow women and children to leave the combat operations zone."

"The city is being destroyed. The chemical plant was shelled, after which it caught fire that took effort to extinguish. An environmental disaster was avoided in this way. The building of the Stroymash works was also damaged. Both enterprises do not work," she said.

Fierce fighting has been underway between the Ukrainian military and militias in Ukraine’s southeastern regions, which refused to recognize the authorities who had been propelled to power amid riots during a coup in Ukraine in February 2014.

A punitive operation, being conducted by Kiev against federalization supporters in Ukraine's Southeast and involving armored vehicles, heavy artillery and attack aviation, has already claimed dozens of lives, including civilian.

Billionaire businessman and politician Petr Poroshenko won the May 25 early presidential election in Ukraine set by the provisional Kiev authorities. He was sworn in on June 7. Despite hopes that the punitive operation will stop under Poroshenko, it still continues.




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Kiev authorities carry out special military operation to suppress pro-independence supporters in eastern Ukraine since mid-April. Funeral procession is attacked by fire in Luhansk region, head of People's Republic of Lugansk Valery Bolotov says.

"There are casualties in our republic. Near the town of Kremennaya fascist mercenaries fired the funeral procession," - Valery says in interview in Lugansk. Number of casualties is currently being ascertained.

"We clearly see that there is nothing sacred for these nonhumans. They do not care with what and when to shoot civilians. You cannot believe a word of the Ukrainian authorities," - says Bolotov.

In the Donetsk and Lugansk regions, where the legitimacy of the February regime change in Ukraine was not recognized, referendums on the status of regions took place on May 11. About 90% of the participants voted for independence. Donetsk and Luhansk started to create their own authorities and law enforcement agencies.

Meanwhile Kiev authorities are carrying out a special military operation to suppress pro-independence supporters in eastern Ukraine since mid-April. In Moscow, this special operation, which has already resulted in numerous casualties on both sides, including among the civilian population, called punitive and urged Kiev for its immediately stop.




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Ukrainian military have resumed their artillery shelling of the east Ukrainian city of Slavyansk, Stella Khorosheva, spokeswoman for the city’s people’s mayor, said.

"A few shells exploded in the city center," Khorosheva told Itar-Tass, adding that the shelling was less intense than the previous day and night.

She commented on media reports that Ukrainian military brought containers with chemical weapons to the airport in the city of Kramatorsk 10 kilometers from Slavyansk, which is controlled by Ukraine’s National Guard.

"We heard about chemical weapons long ago. We are not surprised at any actions on the part of Kiev," the spokeswoman said, TASS reports.

The press service of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic did not confirm the report on chemical weapons.

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Ukrainian forces continue to shell Slavyansk and its suburbs. They are using BM-21 Grad launch vehicles, howitzers and the 2S4 Tyulpan self-propelled mortars to attack the city.