Militia fighters in the self-proclaimed Lugansk People's Republic (LPR) have encircled the Ukrainian government forces near the border checkpoint in Izvaryno, with the Ukrainian army sustaining tangible losses, Interfax reports with reference to the Novorossiya agency.
The self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic downed two Sukhoi Su-25 assault aircraft belonging to the Two Ukrainian Air Force, which were attacking the positions of the region’s self-defense fighters, Interfax cites Donbas militia’s information center as saying.
The Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) self-defense forces have reported that Ukrainian troops resumed airstrikes on the town of Snezhnoe, there are 11 dead and 8 injured, according to Interfax. "New airstrikes are being delivered on Snezhnoe. Preliminary reports say two Su-25 attack aircraft are delivering pinpoint strikes against the town," Konstantin Knyrik, head of the South-Eastern Front information center, told reporters.
Self-proclaimed Lugansk People's Republic (LPR) militia claim they have detained the pilot of the Sukhoi Su-25 attack aircraft of the Ukrainian army, which was shot down near Krasnyi Liman yesterday, Interfax reports.
Ukrainian law enforcement units have launched another attack on both Lugansk and a Donetsk suburb using Grad launchers, Interfax reports the self-defense forces of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics as saying on Sunday. "Immediate reports suggest that Ukrainian forces are storming the city from Aleksandrovka in an offensive supported by 50 tanks and two fighter bombers," a spokesman for the self-defense command in Lugansk told Interfax
Militia of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) downed a Mil-24 (Mi-24) helicopter of the Ukrainian Air Force, the Novorossiya news agency of the self-proclaimed People's Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk said on Saturday. On the outskirts of the town of Snezhny in the Donetsk region the militiamen managed to shoot down a Ukrainian Mi-24 helicopter from a shoulder-carried air defense system and to destroy the enemy's several combat units, it said.
Militia of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) downed a jet, supposedly a Sukhoi-25 (Su-25), in a morning fight in the area of the city of Gorlovka (eastern Ukrainian Donetsk region), DPR press service said on Saturday. "Ukraine's aviation launched an assault on the outskirts of the city," the DPR spokesman told reporters adding that "a return vertical fire destroyed the jet, supposedly a Su-25."
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 chief of staff of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) self-defense forces that defended Slavyansk announced that all serviceable weapons had been taken out of the city. He said to Interfax that he was personally responsible for this.
People's militia in the eastern Ukrainian city of Lugansk have managed to seize one of the three Grad multiple rocket launcher systems used to pound the city on Monday, eyewitnesses say, noting that these are early reports. The launcher "only slightly damaged", was moved to a city neighborhood and "militiamen are painting over Ukrainian military marking," an Itar-Tass source has said. There have been no comments from the people's militia headquarters as of yet.
The Russian Foreign Ministry would like to avoid hasty judgment of Japanese government's move to invoke the right to exercise collective self-defense, said a commentary by spokesman Alexander Lukashevich posted on the ministry’s website. He said everything would depend on further practical moves by the Japanese government. "We will be closely following the activity of the Cabinet of Shinzo Abe, including within the framework of the concept of "active pacifism" it declared in December 2013," the diplomat said.
Unknown attackers blew up a railway bridge near Donetsk on Monday. It was the main route connecting central Ukraine and eastern regions of the country, Reuters reports. At the same time self-defense forces of eastern Ukraine announced that as of now they will have their own assault aviation and anti-aircrat guns which they seized from the Ukrainian army.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Barack Obama on Thursday asked President Vladimir Putin to assist in securing a ceasefire in Ukraine, Merkel's office said. Merkel and Obama stressed during three-way telephone talks "the importance of a rapid ceasefire observed by both sides," said a statement.
The Ukrainian military on Thursday shelled the village of Metalist near the city of Lugansk in eastern Ukraine from artillery guns, eyewitnesses said. They said several shells overflew the positions of militiamen and exploded in a residential area of Lugansk, causing a fire. Military forces resumed fierce military attacks on Ukraine's southeastern regions after Ukrainian President Petr Poroshenko, who had won an early presidential election on May 25 and taken office on June 7, terminated the 10-day ceasefire in the embattled Southeast on June 30.
President of Ukraine Petr Poroshenko announced that the ceasefire in the south-east of the country stops. This reports the site of Ukrainian president. "June 30 evening a meeting of the National Security and Defense Council was held. After discussing the situation as a supreme commander I decided not to prolong the regime of unilateral ceasefire," quoted Poroshenko's appeal to the people.
While Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe keeps on pushing for a Constitution revision to allow Japan to exercise the right to collective self-defense, some 71 percent of his citizens believe this could result in the country involved in a war, The Mainichi Shimbun newspaper reports.
A man in Japan set himself on fire at a busy intersection in Tokyo on Sunday in an apparent protest against Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's plans to ease limits of the country's pacifist constitution, police and witnesses said. Japan is poised for a historic shift in its defense policy by ending a ban that has kept the military from fighting abroad since World War II.
Ukrainian authorities reserve the right to terminate the truce if its terms are violated, states the website of the President of Ukraine on Saturday. Construction of fortifications or structures that prevent a peaceful life in Donbass is considered a violation. Earlier, the President of Ukraine Petr Poroshenko extended ceasefire in eastern Ukraine until Monday evening.
Ukrainian President Petr Poroshenko on Saturday extended a truce with self-defense forces in eastern Ukraine by another 72 hours, the Ukrainska Pravda news site reported. The decision was reached following urgent consultation Poroshenko held with top Ukrainian defense officials on his arrival in Kiev from EU summit in Brussels at which he signed a trade and political association pact.