Ukraine's Army Starts Anti-Terror Operation in Kramatorsk

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Bulgaria: Ukraine's Army Starts Anti-Terror Operation in Kramatorsk Ukrainian soldiers departed earlier on Tuesday to towns and cities across the eastern parts of the country. Photo by EPA/BGNES

The Ukrainian army has stormed Kramatorsk Airfield in Donetsk region, in a moved that has marked the beginning of a long-forewarned "anti-terrorist operation".

A series of shots and explosions could be heard in the area, according to reports by the local newspaper Novosti Kramatorska cited by

A video footage earlier published on YouTube purportedly shows deployment of Ukrainian special forces beginning around the airfield.

Ukrainian aircraft seem to be taking part in the operation.

The country's Defense Ministry announced an anti-terrorist operation had been launched in Kramatorsk, but refused to provide further details.

Unconfirmed reports by sources cited by suggest Interior Ministry's forces have also arrived in Slaviansk, which was virtually sealed off by rebel pro-Russian groups during Sunday and Monday.

On Tuesday afternoon local time, Andriy Parubiy, who heads the National Security Council of Ukraine, reported via his Facebook profile that troops had set off for Eastern Ukraine as part of the "anto-terrorist operation".

Interim President Oleksandr Turchynov announced a few days ago that such operation would be a last resort if pro-Russian factions occupying government buildings and security headquarters across eastern cities don't surrender.

Turchynov asserted on Tuesday that all activities addressing "separatists" would be carried out "in a very responsible way", as quoted by Der Spiegel.

He also said the aim of these actions was "to protect the citizens of Ukraine" and "to stop terror... [and] attempts to tear Ukraine to pieces".

Moscow has however repeatedly warned Kiev against using force to crack down on rebel groups. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev even wrote on his Facebook profile that "blood will be spilled again in Ukraine", repeating a comment he made in mid-February, during the peak of violence across the country that led to ousting President Viktor Yanukovych.

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sa-sha - 17 Apr 2014 // 11:09:00

To dogfish: "Put them on public display in front of the media"---do you realize what you offer, you, obscurantist. Your rhetoric is far more awful than that of Hitler. Those killed were the ORDINARY people, citizens of Kramatorsk. Who gave you the right, you, victim of abortion, to spit on them, to spit on the entire people of the South-Eastern Ukraine.

Vladimir K. - 16 Apr 2014 // 12:07:38

BBC and CNN are just a load of bullshit, nothing to trust and they're clearly not reporting actions whenever the West/US are making noise. Only when Russia does something that usually makes perfect sence.

Even RT is more reliable, even though occasionally there might be news that sounds questionable. But mainstream media is just one fighting another. Hard to get the real news. But to summarize, an army attacking civilian protesters? It is strange the world did not condemn this, but I am not surprised as unfortunately the greedy bankers are still in power.

Optimistic - 16 Apr 2014 // 11:57:56

Peaceful confontration in Eastern Ukraine.

It is hard to get news from Eastern Ukraine right now, I have found that BBC News Online is reporting unbiased coverage.

What is happening is unarmed, peaceful Eastern Ukranians are blocking convoys and tanks.

If the Eastern Ukranians do lots of this and tie up the milatry in a peaceful way then conflict and killing will be avoided.

Links above are to news items like this, I found it hard to get them to play but they give hope that conflict can be avoided in Eastern Ukraine.

Optimistic - 16 Apr 2014 // 10:34:18

What is important is unarmed people are confronting the Ukranian soldiers, this is a peaceful way to protest and to protect their region, if this happens across lots of Eastern Ukraine then the Ukranian soldiers will have to murder unarmed civilians to achieve their mission.

I do not believe that Ukranian soldiers will kill unarmed civilians.

Why this escalation to war?

The illigetimate government is now so weak it has to send soldiers to kill people in Eastern Ukraine to show that they are strong. If the illegitimate government does not get violent in Eastern Ukraine then it will be replaced by a coup of more violent facists in the West.

Dogfish - 16 Apr 2014 // 10:04:19

Put them on public display in front of the media to show what Hitler-style games Putin is playing - and put them on trial for the illegal possession f firearms..... Like common criminals.

Warfou - 16 Apr 2014 // 01:28:25

Great. That is what needed to be done from the very beginning. All the Russian FSB, GRU etc. agents should be taken captive, put onto a big catapult and fired towards Russia. For humanitary reasons they need to be equipped with parachutes, though.

Vladimir K. - 16 Apr 2014 // 00:14:55

"Anti-terror operation"? Is what you call an illegitimate fascist government sending troops on protestors whom do not want to live under their rule? Typical right wing thinking...

Haven't read a single western/right wings newspaper whom reports the deaths being caused. But when pro Russians attack, they get labelled as "war mongers". Typical!

Seems only US supporters gets away with an attack on their own population.

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