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.
As of early July, Ukraine has received from the US 2,000 Interceptor bulletproof vests, whose labels show their excellent bulletproof qualities, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry press office said on Wednesday.
The Israeli army has warned some 100,000 Palestinians in the eastern Gaza Strip to evacuate their homes, military sources said Wednesday, AFP reports. Flyers were dropped over the Zeitun neighbourhood southeast of Gaza City, and residents there and elsewhere also reported receiving recorded phone and text messages urging them to evacuate by 0500 GMT.
Iraqi forces began an attack Tuesday to retake the northern Iraqi city of Tikrit, the second offensive since Sunni extremists took over several cities across the country last month. Army officials told dpa that military forces began their assault on the city from the northern and southern entrances of the city, and are trying to move towards the center of Tikrit.
About 300 law enforces have recently defected as a result of the shelling of the Donetsk airport by the militia, Minister of Defense of the Donetsk People's Republic Igor Strelkov said at a briefing.
The Ukrainian military are in control of 13 out of the 18 districts of the Donetsk region and 10 out of the 18 districts of the Lugansk region, the press service of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine reports with reference to the NSDC secretary Andriy Parubiy.
The leader of the self-declared Lugansk People's Republic Valery Bolotov said Ukrainian troops had pulled back from the republic's militia and fled Lugansk. "The armed forces of the Lugansk People's Republic have forced the Ukrainian troops to retreat. The frontline moved in our favor on individual stretches. We remain in control of Izvarino and this stretch of the border," Bolotov said at a press conference on Tuesday.
An explosion ripped through an area near the Petrovskaya coal mine west of Donetsk on Tuesday damaging a bus, the authorities of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) said on Tuesday. The blast occurred at around 1 pm local time. No one was hurt in the incident. Heavy smoke could be seen rising over the mine.
Israel's security cabinet on Tuesday authorised the military to call up 40,000 reservists for a possible assault on the Gaza Strip, Israeli media reported.
Moscow expects the European Union to react adequately and condemn the forceful action of the Kiev authorities with regard to civilians, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Monday. "Kiev is deaf to appeals to preserve people's lives. We hope that due to this, EU states will react adequately to condemn the criminal policy of the Kiev authorities," the document said.
A senior Iraqi general was killed today in fighting with islamists not far Baghdad. Major General Negm Abdullah Ali, commander of the army's sixth division, responsible for defending part of Baghdad, "met martyrdom on the battlefield as he was fighting ... terrorists", Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said in a statement.
Lugansk Mayor Sergiy Kravchenko has called for armed clashes in the city to be stopped immediately. "Speaking on behalf of this territorial entity, I, as head of the city of Lugansk, demand that the elimination of our city and its residents must be stopped immediately," Kravchenko said in a message, which was published on the city administration's website on Friday, Interfax reports.
The village of Metalist outside of Lugansk, eastern Ukraine, again came under artillery fire on Thursday evening, a spokesman for the self-proclaimed "Lugansk People's Republic" told Interfax. "The Ukrainian army resumed artillery strikes at around 8:00 pm local time," the spokesman said.
Ukrainian government forces have been launching artillery attacks against the village of Metalist outside of Lugansk for the third day in a row. Shell explosions were heard every one or two minutes in the direction Metalist and the village of Luganskaya on Wednesday evening, Interfax correspondent reports.
Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported to President Vladimir Putin the results of surprise drill in the Central Military District. More than 65,000 servicemen were involved in the troops checking which was aimed to confirm that large military units can be deployed at a distance of more than 3,000km in 72 hours.
Hackers claim to have cracked open correspondence between top Ukrainian officials about rebellious moods brewing among troops sent to fight the self-defense forces of the breakaway Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics in the east. The screenshots of the messages acting Defense Minister Mikhail Koval and Attorney General Vitaly Yarema exchanged on June 20 have been posted on the Internet.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet to allow more use of military force abroad. Japan Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and its coalition partner New Komeito agreed before that the army should be allowed to defend allied countries when they come under attack.
Pakistan's military launched a ground assault in the North Waziristan tribal area on Monday, beginning a new phase in its offensive against Taliban militants, officials said. Troops moved on Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan, officials said, after two weeks of air strikes and artillery bombardment of insurgent targets, AFP 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.