20 Military Men Killed in East Ukraine's Special Op – Defense Min

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Over 20 Ukrainian army personnel have been killed during the special operation in the east of the country, Ukraine's acting Defense Minister Mykhailo Koval said.

According to Minister Koval, the standoff has claimed the lives of two helicopter crews, and several paratroopers, Russian Ria Novosti informs.

Twelve people died near the town of Slaviansk in eastern Ukraine after pro-Russian separatists shot down a military helicopter, Thursday.

According to the acting Defense Minister, Ukrainian forces are planning to continue the special operation in southeastern Ukraine until they reach a complete stabilization in the region.

In mid-April, Ukraine's interim government launched a special operation to crack down on federalists, but failed to gain control over the self-proclaimed independent republics in the eastern part of country. Moscow has described the operation as a punitive act.

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sa-sha - 3 Jun 2014 // 11:01:59

" What regards civilan deaths, they happen if you fight in cities but if the separatists barrickaded themselves between civilians and fire on soldiers, they have to respond "-----To come to the place where nobody wants to see You, to come with the arm in hands, to start killings....what a nice "respond"!!! Just the US officials' stance at its purest, listen to that hopeless fool Jen Psaki...........To fire at civilians is the CRIME, what on earth is not clear here? To stop it, to withdraw the army from the South-Eastern regions, such is the only possible floor for the further talks between Kiev and South-East.

Thunderstorm - 3 Jun 2014 // 02:43:19

Separatists force of 400 thugs attacked UA border guards post. Ukrainian army sent a war jet to support its surrounded men. Separatists want to open borders with Russia to let ruski's "peace forces" enter UA to "stop the slaughter" read: invade and steal next part of UA territory. So simple.

Pussy Riot - 3 Jun 2014 // 01:26:41

RT news will teach you how to love the motherland. And how to be a good Putinist propagandist. Putin knows his fate will follow that of Yanucovich. Is that you Yane?

Yane - 3 Jun 2014 // 00:34:00

At least five killed in admin HQ blast as fighter jets deployed to Lugansk, Ukraine

Warfou - 2 Jun 2014 // 19:57:04

Ukraine has chosen the European way so I do not believe they intentionally kill civilians and their own soldiers. So far these are only rumors without evidence. Both parties fight the informative war and spread lies onto each other, like e.g. the one with supposed hanging of police boss in Slavyansk by the separatists, authored this time by the Ukrainian side, but denied just one day after made public. People like Poroshenko, Yatseniuk, Turchynov want to integrate with the West, it is the only possible way and they will not do anything to have the doors closed so, again, these rumors are very unlikely. What regards civilan deaths, they happen if you fight in cities but if the separatists barrickaded themselves between civilians and fire on soldiers, they have to respond. The best way for the civilians would be to flee the cities but they probably are not allowed to do so by the separatists who use them as shields.

danbock - 2 Jun 2014 // 16:57:32

Ukraine's army is too aggressive and reports about its excessive use of force became something usual. I've talked to people in the west of Ukraine and they say after the conscription was started some time ago, hundreds of raw recruits were killed by nationalists who took command over them. They were killed before they got to the east of Ukraine after they learned they will be used for cleansings in the east. Nationalists use them as cannon fodder and those ones who reject to participate in crimes against people of Ukraine are being demonstratively killed - that's what I heard from parents near one of Lviv's military registration and enlistment office. They put all soldiers together and started shooting at them with machine guns and RPGs, those ones who survived this hell were squashed by APC. And this happens while everyone's attention is attracted by the fighting in the east. I don't know how Ukraine claims to be a civilized state if it kills its own civilians and even their own soldiers...

Thunderstorm - 2 Jun 2014 // 14:13:32

You have to wake up from YOUR own deliirum, Sasha, into which you are put through watching and citing the Kremlin RT television all the time. Yane should do the same.

sa-sha - 2 Jun 2014 // 12:50:25

"USSR", "Pussy Riot", "Thunderstorm" + alas, "seedy"= delirium as modus vivendi.
How to argue with those who don't want to see the obvious, to listen to the ordinary residents of the cities and
villages in the South-Eastern Ukraine? Killed civilians? Stuff and nonsense! This unenviable herd prefers the rumours like "truckloads of Chechen thugs"....btw, Kadyrov has earlier replied to it: "I want to tell to all those brainless sheeps who talk such rot and who believe in it: if I sent a couple of my battalions there [to Ukraine], then today I'd given a briefing in Kiev".
Brainless sheeps, the true definition of the above herd.

USSR - 1 Jun 2014 // 18:26:33

plus a double-seat Sochi style WC for him an lavrov!

Seedy - 1 Jun 2014 // 08:58:26

PR - and don't forget a nice comfy, rat-infested cell for Putin, to ensure he won't be spending his stolen billions anywhere..... ;)

Would it be "cruel and unusual punishment" to lock him up with Sa-sha, Yane, Agent Piccadilly and the other Kremlin Brown-nosers, I wonder? It'd be nice for Vlad to hear sycophantic rubbish 24/7 - and it would only need to be a 2-man cell anyway.....

Pussy Riot - 31 May 2014 // 22:58:27

Notice all Yane's links are from Russian government news sources.

Putin's strategy is to blame for all these deaths: he creates panic through propaganda (let's call them what they are: lies) that Adolf Hitler has been cloned and is marching east to kill ethnic Russians; then sending Russian paramilitary forces to take over parts of Ukraine; and then having civilians used as human shields. Putin will not last long. His strategy of trying to break up the Ukraine will inevitably result in the further breakup of the former Soviet Union.

Pussy Riot for president and prime minister of Russia!

Yane - 31 May 2014 // 20:11:11

Thunderstorm, I see you are a fool, so I'll tell you, it is a warcrime to use ARTILLERY at a city, because cities densely populated with civilians but you somehow blame the victims? You need mental help.

Thunderstorm - 31 May 2014 // 19:38:40

Russia has smuggled a few truckloads of Chechen thugs recruited by their puppet Khadyrov into the Ukraine, now they start their job. Ukrainian army does not kill civilians, it's the separatists who use them as living shields. BTW. majority of Slavyansk refugees head for Kiev, not Russia.

sa-sha - 31 May 2014 // 13:44:28


"We live here, in Slavyansk, we and our children, we've nowhere to run, we've nothing to eat, we are afraid of Ukrainian army...They kill us...Those Turchinov, Yatsenuk, let them hear me, I'm not afraid...they are not human beings, what are those mothers who have delivered such beasts.....they are dirty creatures...but they won't put
us to the knees..."

"Pro-Russian separatists", You wrote, Novinite?

Yane - 31 May 2014 // 12:49:26

7 children injured in Slavyansk as Ukrainian army shells residential area

Slavyansk kids escape to Russia from Kiev’s shelling

Bulgaria needs to take these people in!

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