Ukraine’s Poroshenko Promises War – 100 Killed In Kiev’s New Campaign
nsnbc : There will be no talk with terrorists said Kiev’s newly elected president Petro Poroshenko, promising that only weapons can be used against killers. Large scale military operations with heavy military equipment including fighter jets in southeastern Ukraine continued yesterday and today, leaving at least 50 self-defense troops and an estimated 50 non-combatant civilians in southeastern Ukraine dead. Scores of others were injured. Fighting continues, a major assault against several cities is expected.
Unofficial results leave no doubt that billionaire chocolate maker Petro Poroshenko won Ukraine’s highly questionable and disputed presidential election. Monday, Poroshenko said that peace can be reached through dialog with people, only weapons can be used against killers.
Even if he was in office already and wanted to, Poroshenko would be unable to stop the ongoing, large-sale military operations in southeastern Ukraine.
Poroshenko ran as independent candidate, and has no party to back his policies in parliament. Ukraine’s military and security services are firmly in control of the ultra-nationalist Svoboda and Pravy Sector, both of which are represented in parliament.
Yesterday, the Prime Minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, Alexandr Boroday, said that at least 50 self-defense fighters and as many non-combatant civilians had been killed when Ukrainian troops, loyal to Kiev re-launched their military operations after relative calm on election day.Speaking to journalists, next to a morgue where bodies were being identified, Boroday said:
“Two of our Kamaz trucks were fired at from the air and from an ambush on the ground. Shooting the wounded runs contrary to all international conventions”.
The LifeNews TV channel showed footage with a truck full of dead bodies with spokespersons for the self-defense forces saying that they could not tell the names of the dead until an identification had taken place. The spokespersons stressed that the trucks were carrying injured from an ongoing battle at Donetsk Airport and that the trucks were clearly marked as ambulances when they came under fire from the air.
Local residents confirmed for nsnbc via Skype that Ukrainian helicopters had repeatedly targeted ambulances en route between Donetsk Airport and the hospital. Military jets and helicopters are circling the city of Donetsk. Self-defense forces have reportedly withdrawn from Donetsk Airport today and established defensive positions closer to the city limits.
Fighting has also been reported from the outskirts of Slavyansk. Residents reported to nsnbc that mortar shells had been fired into the city, killing three and injuring others. Reports that the city was “under artillery fire for several hours” could not be confirmed and were rejected by the eyewitnesses nsnbc spoke to.
The press office of Russian President Vladmimir Putin issued a statement on Tuesday, urging authorities in Kiev to immediately terminate the military operation in the southeastern regions of Ukraine and to launch a peaceful dialog between Kiev and the regions.
Ch/L – nsnbc 27.05.2014
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