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.
Bashar al-Assad was sworn in for a new seven-year term as President of Syria for the third time on Wednesday, media reports. "I pledge to respect the constitution and protect the people of Syria," he said during a live broadcast on Syrian television at a red carpet ceremony held at the presidential palace in Damascus.
Ukrainian aircraft have attacked positions of self-defense forces near Saur Mogila Hill in the east of Ukraine's eastern Donetsk region. Self-defense troops are trying to repel the attack, using anti-aircraft guns.
On the morning of July 15 Ukrainian security forces conducted shelling of the city Sneznoe in the Donetsk region. As a result of the bombing, a residential building collapsed, 12 apartments were destroyed. 11 people died in the collapse, another eight were injured. Meanwhile, a video appeared online, where rescuers took a living child out of the rubble.
Israeli warplanes bombed the house of senior Hamas leader Mahmud al-Zahar on Wednesday, security officials said, on day nine of an operation against militants in the besieged Palestinian territory.
New Israeli air strikes in Gaza early Wednesday killed three people, medics said, bringing the death toll from Israel's operation in the besieged Palestinian territory to 200.
In a declaration adopted at the summit in Brazil, BRICS countries call for an all-embracing dialogue in Ukraine, de-escalation of the conflict, self-control for all the parties involved and a search for a peaceful settlement. The declaration reads that the BRICS countries are expressing grave concern over the situation in Ukraine and hoping for a peaceful settlement in full accordance with the UN Charter, widely recognized human rights and core freedoms.
Iraq's sharply divided parliament elected a speaker Tuesday in a step forward in the delayed government formation process, as a renewed bid to recapture Tikrit from militants ended in retreat. World powers and Iraq's top Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, have piled pressure on MPs to set aside their differences in the face of a jihadist-led offensive that has overrun swathes of territory north and west of Baghdad.
The renewed Israeli strikes killed two Gazans, raising the Palestinian death toll in eight days of violence to 194, medics said. The Israeli was killed in a rocket attack on an Israeli position near the Erez crossing with Gaza, the army said. Hamas's Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades armed wing said it carried out the attack.
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.
At least two air strikes were carried out in the Gaza Strip by Israel on Tuesday afternoon, resuming raids after a failed truce, AFP reports its correspondents and eyewitnesses as saying. This happened after the Egypt-proposed ceasefire was rejected by Hamas leaders, who said they are opposed to ceasing the fire without reaching an agreement on the terms of a truce first.
There's recently come another twist in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a Palestinian boy was violently killed by Israelis, and it seems the relations are perhaps at one of the lowest points they've ever been at. Shortly afterwards, though, Israel arrested six Jewish suspects, with Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu pointing to the fact that the killers would face "the full weight of the law." The incident fueled tensions, however, and Israel commenced bombarding Gaza on Tuesday, which comes as the latest chapter of the two-nation never-ending conflict.
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
Six civilians have been killed in Lugansk, eastern Ukraine, over the past 24 hours as Ukrainian troops kept shelling the city, the Lugansk administration reports.
Russia vows tough measures against Ukraine after shooting incident in Rostov region - Foreign Ministry
Russia's Donetsk checkpoint remains closed since Saturday due to shooting from Ukrainian territory, the RIA Novosti news agency reports with reference to a spokesman for the Rostov Department of the Federal Border Service, Vasily Malayev.
One person has been killed and two others have been wounded in the town of Donetsk in Russia's southern Rostov region by a shell fired from Ukraine, the RIA Novosti reports, citing a police source.
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."