11 July 2014, 22:49

Poroshenko threatens to track down and kill hundreds for each dead Ukrainian soldier

Poroshenko threatens to track down and kill hundreds for each dead Ukrainian soldier

Ukraine's President Petr Poroshenko on Friday held a conference with his Armed Forces top brass, security and Interior agencies after the death of several dozen servicemen in the Lugansk region, a report on the official presidential website said. The president also said it was important to track down and physically eliminate everyone who was responsible for the deaths of Ukrainian soldiers, security and interior officers.

"The militants will pay tens and even hundreds of their own lives for the life of each of our soldiers (they kill)," the report quoted Poroshenko as saying.

Different Ukrainian government departments and mass media said earlier that nineteen to fifty military had died near Zelenopolye in the Lugansk region, and ninety-three to a hundred military had been wounded.

In the meantime, the Defense Ministry press service has confirmed the deaths of nineteen and the wounding of ninety-three servicemen, reports Itar-Tass.

Number of casualties in Ukraine increases after consultations with Western politicians - Moscow

The Russian Foreign Ministry issued ​​a statement about a new aggravation of the situation in the east of Ukraine, highlighting the scale of destruction and the rising number of civilian casualties. Russia's diplomatic agency urges Kiev to stop shelling civilians and residential neighborhoods and to think about saving the lives of ordinary people. The Russian Foreign Ministry commented once again on the situation in Ukraine.

The ministry attributed the application of force in the southeast of the country on July 3, to telephone conversations between the President of Ukraine, Petr Poroshenko, and US Vice President Joe Biden and talks between Foreign Minister Pavel Klimkin with his British counterpart, William Hague.

According to the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Western politicians have expressed support for the actions of the Kiev authorities.

"The shameless comment by the British Foreign Secretary puzzles us, it contains unsubstantiated accusations against Russia about providing arms to the militias. We also drew attention to the conclusions of the analytical agency "Stratford", which recognized that the Ukrainian army strikes stationary targets, using intelligence obtained from partners in the West. The question arises: who out of Ukraine's foreign partners are really involved in the conflict in the east of the country?" This was posted in a statement on the official Russian Foreign Ministry website.

The document consists of the facts of destruction of human settlements and human rights violations that occurred in just one day, on July 3. In particular, the night before the press service of Lugansk regional administration reported damage imposed on the region as a result of fighting in more than 1.3 billion gryvna (about 110 million US dollar).

"More than 100 social infrastructure buildings are destroyed. The greatest damage occurred to water and gas systems, as well as to healthcare and social protection", said the Russian Foreign Ministry, adding that, on July 3 in the Lugansk region, 196 families were left without gas as a result of damage to local pipelines.

In addition, according to the Presidential Commissioner for Children's Rights, Pavel Astakhov, during the last day in southeastern Ukraine, 20 people were killed, including two children.

"We are once again calling on the Ukrainian authorities to stop the shelling of civilians and residential neighborhoods, and finally start thinking about saving the lives of ordinary people," insisted the Russian Foreign Ministry.

Meanwhile today Poroshenko, in a telephone conversation with the head of European diplomacy, Catherine Ashton, said that after the abolition of the ceasefire, Ukraine suffers smaller losses than during the truce. The Ukrainian President took into account only losses among security forces, ignoring the fact that civilian casualties rose once again.

Similarly a day earlier, in a conversation with US Vice President Joe Biden, Poroshenko said he was ready to return the ceasefire truce on condition of bilateral compliance.

Novorossia militia admits that they are ready for peace talks and consultations even now. "Any negotiations would take place only after troops leave the Donetsk and Lugansk republics, while the next round of consultations will be held in the near future. We are selecting the time and place where it will happen," a militia spokesman said in a telephone conversation to Sergey Kavtaradze, roving envoy for the Prime Minister of the DPP, Alexander Boroday, RT reports.

Ukraine to reduce funding of scientific research in favor of weapons production

Ukraine will retrench financing of research programs "no one needs" in favor of expanding weapons production, Ukraine’s President Petr Poroshenko said after a meeting with the military in the city of Slavyansk. "Billions of budgetary funds, taxpayer money will not any longer be spent on research program no one really needs, which were only used as a tool of embezzlement," the press service of the Ukrainian head of state quoted him as saying on Tuesday.

According to the Ukrainian president, the country's defense sector will focus on manufacturing "systems of high precision weapons, drones, everything the Ukrainian army needs - from bullet-proof vests to thermal cameras." "Today, my first deputy, along with the newly appointed CEO of Ukroboronprom, officers of the General Staff, defense minister deputies and representatives from the interior ministry held a conference.

They will draft amendments to the state defense order," Poroshenko said, adding that the state defense order "will take into account the experience the Ukrainian army and National Guard acquired during combat operations in eastern regions Itar-Tass reports.

Ukrainian President takes trip to Slavyansk

Ukrainian President Petr Poroshenko on Tuesday, July 8, made a brief trip to the city of Slavyansk, the scene of recent fierce fighting between government troops and the militia in the eastern Donetsk Region. "The head of state talked with the people and assured them that the authorities were doing their best to restore normal life in the city as soon as possible," the presidential press service said.

Poroshenko expressed hope that he would also be able to visit Donetsk and Lugansk soon too. He said the army operation in the region, commonly known as Donbas, was "a battle for Ukraine’s independence. This is how our nation is being tempered".

The president said his peace plan would be implemented by all means. "There is no doubt that the peace plan will be implemented. It has won the support of the whole world, Slavyansk, Druzhkovka, Konstantinovka and Artemovsk. And it will be supported in Donetsk and Lugansk as well," he said.

The leadership of the country is prepared for a dialogue with those "who are ready to give up arms and use future amnesty", who "are ready for a political dialogue in order to elect new authorities" and those who support the restoration of peace in Donbas.

He believes it necessary to enlarge the list of people who represent Donbas in order to resume the peace talks. "The talks must be resumed with the real masters of Donbas: metallurgists, miners and people who represent the biggest force today but who were pressed down by the power of weapons," he said.

Poroshenko ready for bilateral ceasefire

In a telephone conversation with Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel, President of Ukraine Petr Poroshenko has stated his readiness for bilateral ceasefire, the website of the Ukrainian President reports. "The President of Ukraine assured of his willingness to agree on a bilateral ceasefire. At the same time, a regime of monitoring and verification of the bilateral ceasefire and beginning of unconditional political negotiations must be provided," the report says.

According to the press service, in response, Angela Merkel stated that representatives of the OSCE special monitoring mission did not have access to border crossing points due to the fighting. Earlier on Thursday, the head of the OSCE special monitoring mission in Ukraine Ertuğrul Apakan said that the mission was ready to place observers at border crossing points between Ukraine and Russia, but this required establishing an armistice.

Poroshenko also expressed concern about the fate of a pilot of the Ukrainian air forces Nadezhda Savchenko and Director Oleg Sentsov currently staying on the territory of Russia. Earlier, the FSB of Russia announced the arrest in Crimea of members of a Right Sector's subversive group who had been planning terrorist attacks in Simferopol, Yalta and Sevastopol, which recently became part of the Russian Federation.

Among the detainees there was Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov. On Monday, the Lefortovo Court of Moscow extended his detention until October 11. The Investigative Committee has previously reported that pilot of the Ukrainian air forces Nadezhda Savchenko had crossed the border of Russia without documents, under the guise of a refugee. She was detained during an identity check, after which it turned out that Savchenko was suspected of murdering Russian journalists.

Since April, the Kiev authorities have been carrying out a military operation in the east of Ukraine targeted against residents of the region dissatisfied with the February coup d'etat. Moscow called this special operation, which has already resulted in numerous casualties on both sides, including among the civilian population, punitive and is encouraging Kiev to stop it immediately.

OSCE observers should promptly begin monitoring the Ukrainian border, and in the future, can monitor observance of the ceasefire, US Vice-President Joseph Biden and President of Ukraine Petr Poroshenko believe. According to the press service of the White House, a telephone conversation between Biden and Poroshenko took place on Thursday.

"The Vice President agreed with President Poroshenko that it was necessary to quickly put into operation the OSCE border monitoring mission in Ukraine, which can be potentially expanded to monitor the future ceasefire," the statement said. Biden also told Poroshenko about efforts made by Washington together with foreign partners aimed at holding Russia accountable for the continued support of the separatists, including the provision of heavy weapons and equipment.

Earlier, in an interview with the French TF1TV channel and Europe 1radio station, Russian President Vladimir Putin denounced the West's unfounded accusations against Russia in connection with the situation in Ukraine. The president said that before accusing Russia, Western countries should have presented real evidence that Moscow had interfered in the situation in Ukraine by supplying weapons and directing the armed forces.

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