[331] LPR-affiliated insurgents said that they had captured the airport on 1 July, but the Ukrainian army managed to maintain control over it. [350] Shelling damaged an electrical substation in the district Kamennobrodskiy, causing the power loss. [91] They evacuated the town of Starobesheve, among other areas in the 75-kilometre (47 mi) stretch of borderland from the Sea of Azov to the existing insurgent-held territories. [546][547] The SBU is the main intelligence service of Ukraine. President Turchynov issued a statement later in the day, and said that the "anti-terrorist" operation would be resumed, citing the ongoing hostage crisis in Sloviansk as a reason. Many observers have asked both the Ukrainian government and the insurgents to seek peace, and ease tensions in Donetsk and Luhansk. During the third day of the government's offensive on the insurgent-stronghold of Horlivka, between twenty and thirty civilians were killed on 27 July. After a brief lull following the insurgent withdrawal from the northern part of Donetsk Oblast, fighting continued to escalate sharply in the eastern parts of Donetsk Oblast. DPR commander Igor Girkin also said "The time has come when Russia must take a final decision – to really support Donbas's Russians or abandon them forever". The city fell quiet by 09:00 on 19 July. It is artificially created. According to the city administration, these districts were heavily damaged. The press centre for the government military operation said that situation remained "most complex" in the areas around "Donetsk city, Luhansk city, Krasnodon and Popasna". [403] Commenting on the situation in Luhansk, mayor Sergei Kravchenko said "As a result of the blockade and ceaseless rocket attacks, the city is on the verge of a humanitarian catastrophe". Izvaryne border post in Luhansk Oblast, which is controlled by the Army of the South-East, was reported to be the main entry point for weapons and reinforcements from Russia. [118] "I cannot object to them, since Slavyansk considers Russia its elder brother and we will not fight with Russia," she said of the militants. [497], The Russian Orthodox Army (Russian: Русская православная армия, Russkaya pravoslavnaya armiya), a pro-Russian insurgent group in Ukraine, originated in May 2014 as part of the insurgency. [133] They then issued an ultimatum that stated that if the city's mayor and administration did not swear allegiance to the Republic by the following Monday, they would remove them from office. The Ministry of Internal Affairs is commonly known as the militsiya, and is the primary police force in Ukraine. [465] OSCE monitors said they would observe the ceasefire, and assist the Ukrainian government in implementing it. [243][244][245], On the morning of 26 May, 200 pro-Russian insurgents, including members of the Vostok Battalion, captured the main terminal of the Donetsk International Airport, erected roadblocks around it, and demanded that government forces withdraw. There is nothing but denial from them regarding the outcome of the War in the Donbass along with the fervent hope that the ceasefire fails and that the Ukraine military will be sent back to face yet… [167] Some thirty militants seized the police headquarters in Konstantinovka on 28 April. [462] The airport saw fierce fighting on the night before the withdrawal, and Ukrainian officials said that their forces at the airport had been attacked by a column Russian tanks. [337] An air strike launched by the Armed Forces eventually managed to destroy the rocket launcher, but only after twenty-three soldiers were killed. [456] However, two days later, Ukrainian forces retreated from the city, and Komsomolske was once again taken by the DPR forces. [318], Damaged block of flats in Donetsk, 14 July 2014, Insurgents attacked a border post in Novoazovsk on 2 July. According to some of the troops who withdrew from Ilovaisk, DPR forces violated the agreement and fired on them whilst they retreated under white flags, killing as many as several dozen. [236], A unit of the pro-government Donbas Battalion volunteer paramilitary attempted to advance on a separatist checkpoint near the village of Karlivka, northwest of Donetsk city, on 23 May. [170], Insurgents occupied the city administration building in Stakhanov on 1 May. Another paramilitary unit, the Azov Battalion, is aligned with the far-right ultranationalist group Social-National Assembly. [390] 27 border guardsmen were killed in these attacks, and 185 were injured. [91][450][451] A statement by the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine (NSDC) later said that Novoazovsk had been captured by "Russian troops", despite earlier denials by the Ukrainian government. This was subsequently rejected. Gen. Nico Tak said on 28 August that "well over" 1,000 Russian soldiers were operating in the Donbass conflict zone. According to the Defence Ministry of Ukraine, the ROA has been in conflict with another pro-Russian militia, the Vostok Battalion, which accused the ROA of looting, and of avoiding combat. He addressed Russian president Vladimir Putin, saying that "Losing this war on the territory that President Vladimir Putin personally named New Russia would threaten the Kremlin's power and, personally, the power of the president". [354] According to a government report, Luhansk airport was secured by government forces amidst the battle. [454] Amidst what The New York Times described as "chaos" in the conflict zone, the insurgents re-captured Savur-Mohyla. People fled the violence in cars and on foot. [344] The insurgent-occupied town of Snizhne was hit by rockets fired from an aeroplane on 15 July, leaving at least eleven people dead, and destroying multiple homes. [150], Ukrainian troops gained control of the city on 13 June, with assistance from the National Guard. [185] By 11 April, the Prime Minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, said that he was against the use of "law enforcement" at the time, but that "there was a limit" to how much the Ukrainian government would tolerate. [564] On the following day, the Russian Defence Ministry said these soldiers crossed the border "by accident". The Moscow Times reported that the two men had been executed for "breaking their oath to the Donetsk People's Republic". [536] In the aftermath of the Battle of Donetsk Airport, local authorities said that some wounded militants were Chechens from Grozny and Gudermes. [439] According to the Mariupol city website, the Dnipro and Donbas battalions repelled the attack, and the "invaders" retreated to the border. [106], The Lugansk People's Republic (LPR) was declared on 27 April. [363] The cities of Dzerzhynsk, Soledar, and Rubizhne[364] were also recaptured by government forces. [332], Clashes at the Donetsk International Airport continued on 10 July. [473] Heavy shelling by the insurgents was reported on the eastern outskirts of Mariupol, and OSCE monitors said that the Ukrainian government had fired rockets from Donetsk International Airport. Template:Ongoing military conflicts, This article is about the armed conflict in the Donbass region of Ukraine. [247][248] Attack helicopters were also used by government forces. [266] On the same day, between seven and eight people were killed in an explosion at the occupied RSA building in Luhansk city. Unlike Armenia, Donbass region shares a border with Russia and Moscow has heavily reinforced this border with a heavy military deployment. [238][239][240] Twenty of the pro-government paramilitaries were wounded, and at least four were captured. Security Service, 1,078–2,000 killed,[71][72] 3,627 wounded,[73] 422 missing,[74] 1,858 captured[75] and 20,000 deserted or defected[76](according to the government), 3,660 killed overall[71] (including 304 foreign civilians)[78][79][80][81], The War in Donbass (also known as the War in Ukraine or War in Eastern Ukraine) is an armed conflict in the Donbass region of Ukraine. [234], Following a declaration by Pavel Gubarev establishing the "New Russia Party" on 22 May, representatives of the Donetsk and Lugansk republics signed an agreement creating the confederative state of New Russia. [201] In addition, the Defence ministry said it had taken control over all points of strategic importance in the area around Kramatorsk. [491] In Horlivka, police who defected were commanded by a Lieutenant Colonel of the Russian Army,[492] later identified as Igor Bezler. [126] Some people gathered outside the occupied police building to voice their support for the militants. Many smaller cities across the Donbass fell to the separatists. [323][323][324][325][326] Amidst the insurgent retreat, Donetsk city mayor Oleksandr Lukyanchenko said that at least 30,000 people had left the city since April. [253][254], During the fighting at the airport, Druzhba Arena in Donetsk city was ransacked by pro-Russian insurgents, who looted the building and destroyed surveillance equipment, and set it ablaze. [413] Heavy shelling of Donetsk continued into 14 August. Changes of the territories controlled by insurgents since 2014.07.01. The government military operation to counter DPR and LPR forces in the Donbass is called the "Anti-Terrorist Operation" (ATO). All forty-nine people on board died. Clashes also continued at Donetsk International Airport. [94][95] The demonstrators stormed the RSA building, and took control of its first two floors. The Ukrainian government and separatists blamed each-other for the attack.[340]. Zloi channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqE9JfJFnmGWjF2NKZ-J5zA I am glad to present you the campaign "Pain of Donbass". "[257] At least one separatist and one soldier died in the fighting. [503] Members swore allegiance to Igor Girkin ("Strelkov"), insurgent and Minister of Defence of the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic. [347] The battle then moved to the nearby village of Tarany. [121][127] This government counter-offensive began on the morning of 13 April. "[550] The Internal Affairs ministry has denied claims that foreign citizens are fighting in the Azov Battalion,[551] though a man calling himself "Mikael Skillt" told a BBC journalist on the telephone that he was a Swedish sniper serving in the Azov Battalion. [195] In another incident, several hundred residents of the village of Pchyolkino, south of Sloviansk, surrounded another column of fourteen Ukrainian armoured vehicles. At least eleven Ukrainian soldiers died in the fighting. US State Department spokesman Jen Psaki said that "these incursions indicate a Russian-directed counteroffensive is likely underway", and Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko said "An invasion of Russian forces has taken place". Russia said it was considering laun… [135] Despite this, Ukrainian troops quickly withdrew from the city for unknown reasons, and the separatists quickly regained control. [52] To date, reports and interviews have shown the presence of Chechen, Ossetian, Tajik, Afghan, Armenian, and various Russian paramilitary forces operating in Ukraine. [128] As result, an entrenched standoff between pro-Russian forces and the Armed Forces of Ukraine resulted. [303] The battle continued into the next day. But the reality is that Crimea will remain as a part of Russia, and that Donbass will return to Ukraine only if and when America’s Government finally and truly ends its side of the Cold War, which Russia’s side ended in 1991 while the U.S. side secretly continued on right into the present, aiming ultimately to conquer Russia. [177][178] The town of Antratsyt was occupied by a number of renegade Don Cossacks. [317] Separatists themselves reported only two deaths in fighting at Mykolaivka. The defence ministry of Russia said the men had entered Ukraine "by mistake during an exercise". [417][418] NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen confirmed that a "Russian incursion" into Ukraine had occurred. These forces include the Donbas Battalion, Azov Battalion, Kharkiv Battalion, and Oleh Lyashko's militia. [504][505], Alexander Khodаkovsky with Victory Banner raised on the Reichstag building in Berlin, on April 30, 1945, The Vostok Battalion (Russian: Батальон Восток, Ukrainian language: Батальйон Схід, Vostok reportedly includes members of the original Vostok Battalion, a special forces unit of the Russian intelligence directorate (GRU) that participated in the Second Chechen and Russo-Georgian Wars. They proclaimed the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR). Destroyed terminal at Luhansk airport, 4 September 2014, The ceasefire was broken multiple times on the night of 6–7 September, and into the day on 7 September. [522], The Foreign Affairs ministry of Ukraine said that the presence of foreign soldiers amounted to "undisguised aggression" from Russia, and "the export of Russian terrorism to our country". [508] Khodakovsky said he had about 1,000 men at his disposal, and that more "volunteers" with experience in the Russian security sector were expected to join the battalion. [428] Government forces also advanced into the edges of Luhansk city. [498][499] According to The Guardian, their personnel include former members of the disbanded Berkut special police. [570], The United Nations observed an "alarming deterioration" in human rights in territory held by insurgents affiliated with the Donetsk People's Republic and Lugansk People's Republic. [337] On the next day, the Ukrainian Air Force launched air strikes targeting insurgent positions across Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts. Hospitals and residential buildings were heavily damaged, and many remaining residents took shelter in basements. 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