Ukraine helicopter downed – 14 dead

Ukraine helicopter downed – 14 dead

Ukraine helicopter downed – 14 dead

Written by Bella Dalima

29 May, 2014 | 3:43 pm

Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine have shot down a military helicopter near Sloviansk, killing 14, outgoing President Olexander Turchynov says.

The aircraft was reportedly hit after dropping off troops at a military base.

The town of Sloviansk has seen fierce fighting between separatists and government forces in recent weeks.

President-elect Petro Poroshenko has vowed to tackle the uprising in eastern Ukraine, saying he would deal firmly with “bandits” and “murderers”.

The helicopter was hit during heavy fighting between Sloviansk and Kramatorsk on Thursday.

Earlier this month the separatists shot down two army helicopters, also near Sloviansk, killing a pilot and serviceman.

The conflict has intensified since Mr Poroshenko was elected on Sunday.

The rebels say they lost up to 100 fighters when they tried to seize Donetsk airport, some 130km (80 miles) from Sloviansk on Monday.

Further clashes have been reported in several areas in recent days – including Sloviansk where pro-Russia militiamen are holding four international monitors.

The four – a Dane, an Estonian, a Turk and a Swiss national – are members of the Organization for Security and Co-operation were seized on Monday.

The self-proclaimed mayor of Sloviansk, Vyacheslav Ponomaryov, told Russia’s Interfax news agency they were safe and well and could be released soon.

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Source – BBC

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