The OSCE is finally seeing up close the death and damage caused by Ukraine’s war on its citizens in southeastern Ukraine… So sad. Vera Watkins, USA
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.
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More than 800 disabled children and orphans are currently living in Lugansk and Donetsk regions in the area where special military operation is conducted, said on Tuesday Ukraine's presidential envoy on the peaceful settlement of the situation in the east, Irina Gerashchenko. "Today, according to the presidential administration, there are 600 orphans in Donetsk region," said in a statement.
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.
The Ukrainian elderly, who survived the Second World War, truly are the most deeply affected by the current trauma being inflicted on them, by their own countrymen. What a horrible final chapter to their lives. Patty Edwards, Moscow-Washington
Ukrainian President Petr Poroshenko had telephone consultations with Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk, discussing, in particular, the creation of a joint Polish-Lithuanian-Ukrainian manoeuvre brigade, the Ukrainian president's press-service reports on Monday, informs RIA Novosti.
Poroshenko has said he wants to kill hundreds of people in eastern Ukraine in retribution for dead Ukrainian soldiers. This is not the kind of statement a sane leader of a country makes ... I have never heard of any head of state making such stupid remarks. Steve Wojcyk, Canada
The self-defense forces of the Lugansk People's Republic (LPR) have taken Lugansk airport under control, the ITAR-TASS reported on Sunday, citing the Novorossia news agency. Eyewitnesses reported "a strong fire in the vicinity of Lugansk aerodrome."
Ukraine has refused to admit that it shelled Russian territory. The country's Foreign Ministry issued a statement on Sunday in which it said that Ukrainian soldiers did not deliver fire in the region mentioned by Russia. "Ukrainian servicemen have never shelled, are not shelling and will not shell territories of a neighboring state or residential quarters," the statement said, according to ITAR-TASS.
Ukraine's armed forces shelled from mortars the Yuzhny (southern) quarter of the city of Lugansk in eastern Ukraine on Sunday, reported the press service of the Lugansk People's Republic (LPR). "According to a report, the building of school N 51 was damaged," the LPR reported. "Mortar fire was delivered from inside the city."
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 fighting in Lugansk over the past 24 hours, the Lugansk City Council's press service said on Sunday.
Ukrainian law enforcement units have assumed a large-scale offensive on Lugansk, the militia said.
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.
"There was fighting in the vicinity of Metallist (a village near Lugansk). A shelling was reported. One woman was injured and some households were damaged," the representative of the Lugansk People's Republic’s press service told RIA Novosti.
About 30 civilians have been killed in an artillery attack on Maryinka, a suburb of Donetsk, Igor Strelkov (Girkin), the defense minister of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), said at a press conference on Saturday. "We know about 30 dead are people but not all ruins have been cleared yet. So there might be more. Militia sites were not affected by the shelling. There are no losses among our fighters," Strelkov said at a press conference on Saturday.
Shelling of the district center of Maryinka on the outskirts of Donetsk defended by the militia has resumed, a RIA Novosti correspondent reports Saturday. Earlier, it was reported that on Friday evening and on the night of Saturday, the Ukrainian army bombarded Maryinka, where the militia is deployed. At least four civilians were killed. Now, the city has no water. Bombs have also hit residential five-story buildings.