News / Europe

Dozens Killed Fleeing Ukraine's Luhansk

  • A boy stands in front of a map of Russia at a refugee camp set up for Ukrainian refugees, outside Donetsk, Aug. 18, 2014. 
  • Families pour into Ukrainian refugee encampments, outside Donetsk, Aug. 18, 2014. 
  • Friends and relatives say goodbye to volunteers before they are sent to the eastern part of Ukraine to join the ranks of a special battalion "Azov," fighting against pro-Russian separatists, in Kyiv, Ukraine, Aug. 17, 2014.
  • Russian servicemen sit on military vehicles by the roadside, outside Kamensk-Shakhtinsky, near the border with Ukraine, Rostov Region, Aug. 18, 2014. 
  • Cars produced by foreign automakers are seen at a car dealership on the outskirts of Moscow, Aug. 18, 2014. 
  • Sixteen trucks forming part of an aid convoy, wait in a field about 28 kilometers from a Russia-Ukraine border control point, Aug. 18, 2014. 

Refugees Fleeing Ukraine's Luhansk Attacked

VOA News

Ukraine says pro-Russian separatists attacked a convoy of civilians trying to escape fighting in the east Monday, killing "dozens," including children.

A senior Ukrainian spokesman said the rebels used Russian-made mortars and rocket launchers. The spokesman said the convoy of buses was flying white flags as it traveled along the main road away from the city of Luhansk.

Dozens of people, including women and children, were killed in the shelling on Monday, said Andriy Lysenko, a spokesman for Ukraine's national security council.

“The rebels were expecting the convoy and destroyed it entirely. We haven't been able to count the number of victims ... dozens [were killed],” spokesman Andriy Lysenko said, adding that he was unable to provide exact casualty figures.

Khrashjhuvate, UkraineKhrashjhuvate, Ukraine
x
Khrashjhuvate, Ukraine
Khrashjhuvate, Ukraine

The strike took place Monday morning between the towns of Khrashchuvate and Svitlivka, which lie on the main road leading from the besieged  eastern city of Luhansk.

The allegations came after a five-hour meeting between the foreign ministers of Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany broke up without agreement on how to end more than four months of conflict that has killed over 2,100 people and left the region facing a humanitarian catastrophe.

Rebels blame Ukraine

A separatist leader has denied the rebels attacked the civilians, and blamed the deaths on Ukrainian forces.

The rebel leader denied his forces had the military capability to conduct such an attack, and accused Kyiv forces of regularly attacking the area and also using Russian-made Grad missiles.

“The Ukrainians themselves have bombed the road constantly with airplanes and Grads. It seems they've now killed more civilians like they've been doing for months now. We don't have the ability to send Grads into that territory,” said Andrei Purgin, deputy prime minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic.

There were no immediate further details.

That road is likely the one that a convoy of Russian humanitarian aid would take if Ukraine allows it into the country.

Reports of fresh successes by the Kyiv military followed a breakthrough for government forces at the weekend when troops raised the national flag in Luhansk, a city held by the pro-Russian separatists since the onset of the conflict in April.

However, nine Ukrainian troops were killed there in overnight fighting, a military spokesman said.

Western sanctions against Moscow have failed to stem what NATO calls a steady supply of military equipment and men sent from Russia to help the rebels. Russia denies sending support, saying the rebels have seized equipment from the Ukrainians.

President Petro Poroshenko called on his top security advisers on Monday to address claims by the rebels to have received new stocks of heavy Russian military equipment and 1,200 trained Russian fighters.

US reaction

U.S. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf condemned the attack, saying innocent civilians who were trying to get away from the fighting became victims of it. Harf said the U.S. cannot confirm who was responsible.

Luhansk has been the scene of some of the heaviest fighting in recent weeks between the separatists and Ukrainian troops.

Russian aid convoy

Meanwhile, a massive aid convoy sent from Moscow was still waiting to be checked near Ukraine's restive border as talks dragged on about allowing them to cross into rebel-held territory.

On Sunday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said “all questions” relating to Russia sending the humanitarian convoy to Ukraine had been addressed.

However, the International Committee of the Red Cross, which is to take responsibility for the aid convoy when it enters Ukraine, has demanded security guarantees from all sides, including the rebels, for the mission.

"We are still waiting for security guarantees for the convoy," said Galina Balzamova, spokeswoman for the ICRC.

As of midday, there was no indication that the guarantees had been given.

The convoy has been parked for days in Russia near the border amid objections from Kyiv, which believes the convoy could be a Trojan Horse for Russia to get weapons to the rebels - a notion that Moscow has dismissed as absurd.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters, AFP and AP.

 

You May Like

Multimedia US Nurse ‘Cured of Ebola,’ NIH Says

Nina Pham, Texas nurse who treated first Ebola patient in US, received no experimental drugs; WHO expects vaccine surge in 2015 More

Video Islamic State Militants Encroach on Baghdad

Iraqi capital not under ‘imminent threat,’ US military says, amid worries about foothold More

Video Hong Kong Protesters Focus on Holding Volatile Mong Kok

Activists say holding Mong Kok is key to their movement's success, despite confrontations with angry residents and police More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: DellStator from: US
August 18, 2014 9:57 PM
Only one entity in the area has the skillset to kill every single person in a moving convoy, the Russian military. (at least no report has indicated any survivors).
I have found no report of either the Russian Mercs or Ukrianians managing to wipe out everyone in an engagement, and they always have boots on the ground in addition to rockets and artillery.
We know Russian military is in the Ukraine, they drove in right in front of reporters in Russia. We have independent and multiple social media pics tracking the BUK launcher that took down the airliner coming in from Russia by rail at dawn right through rolling away on a lorry and disappearing after the launch.

In Response

by: Lora Wright from: Faraway
August 19, 2014 12:17 PM
A statement from a brainwashed zombie. "We know..." - Who "we"? "We have independent and multiple social media pics..." - Independent? Really? Nothing's "independent", as well as you own perceptions of info cooked for those brainless thinkers as you are, sir DellStator.

In Response

by: Ser from: Russia
August 19, 2014 6:14 AM
You are well-informed, like Psaki, Power, Breedlove, Rasmussen ets.
Maybe you have a tube with flour, like Powell?


by: meanbill from: USA
August 18, 2014 12:09 PM
Ho Chi Minh told America;.. "If you want to fight a war for (40) years or more, we will fight a war for (40) years or more, but if you want to sit down together and drink tea, we will sit down together and drink tea and talk, and it took (16) years for America to decide to sit down and talk and end the Vietnam war.... how long will it take Ukraine to decide, it's better to talk instead of waging war?

Genghis Kahn said it;.. "You can conquer a people on horseback, but you can't rule the conquered people from the back of a horse."..... IF, or when, the Ukraine conquers the pro-Russian separatists, how will they ever rule them if they refuse to be ruled by them?..... Will they try to rule from tanks, armored vehicles, warplanes and bombs, and how many more troops will they need to control those crazy Russian ultra-extremist fighters?..... (Yea, they should have talked, shouldn't they have?).


by: Gruntledlark from: Terra Prime
August 18, 2014 11:45 AM
Russians lie, lie, lie.

In Response

by: Lora Wright from: Faraway
August 19, 2014 12:21 PM
You're such a connoisseur of Russians! How come?!

In Response

by: Ser from: Russia
August 18, 2014 12:52 PM
Gruntledlark lie, lie, lie. Are you better then russians?


by: Valeriy from: Minsk
August 18, 2014 10:37 AM
If Belarus wants to escape from Russia,I think it is obvious that we will have the same situation Ukraine has. Putin is out of control. I don't believe that Ukraine's army will kill peaceful civilians. The rebels of Moscow are to blame. Of course,EU and USA can let Russia to destroy Ukraine,to do another genocide to grab Ukraine under its own control and influence,but what kind of future will have the west if letting it to happen?

In Response

by: Lora Wright from: Faraway
August 19, 2014 12:28 PM
Stupid little Valeriy from Minsk! Don't you know that the US has no much interest in Belarus as it had in strategically important Crimea? Thanks God and Putin, the US's plan of its grip of Crimea failed. So R.I.P. ("rest in peace"), dear friend from Minsk: no one will have need neither in you nor your bulbash country. :(


by: Sergey from: SPb
August 18, 2014 9:54 AM
"Ukraine claimed Monday that rebels in the east of the country fired rockets and mortars on a refugee convoy of buses" Kyiv junta likes to accuse rebels in it's own crimes such as shooting down boeing, bombing residential areas and infrastructure, burning people in Odessa ets. But can't catch a single criminal, and сan't produce any evidence.

In Response

by: for greg from: England from: Sergey from: SPb
August 19, 2014 4:54 AM
Where are your "plenty of evidence"?
All "prosecutors" have shut up.
Do you know some sourses of "plenty of evidence"?
Share, please.

In Response

by: Brian O'Brien from: Luhansk Ukraine
August 18, 2014 1:38 PM
" Never trust a Russian" .... that saying is as true today as it was 100 years ago. Lavrov is a lying snake, a greasy oily manipulator for Putin's dictatorship. Like Obama said " Russia doesn't make anything...." wonder why they will not allow Siberia (that's the only Novosiberisk), Kuban and Kalliningrad break away since Russia is openly arming terrorists here in East Ukraine to do likewise ??? If US was prepared to get involved here they would crush Russia militarily in a matter of days ...... that's the reality

In Response

by: greg from: England
August 18, 2014 11:53 AM
Plenty of evidence for the russians and their terrorist allies shooting down the civilian airliner.


by: Gennady from: Russia, Volga Region
August 18, 2014 9:14 AM
Ukraine of Poroshenko-Yatsenyuk has already been warned by Germany over excessive and indescriminate use of military force over civilian Ukrainian population. Just look for how long Poroshenko-Yatsenyuk government prevented 2000 tons of the Russian humanitarian convoy to reach thousands civilians in the Eastern Ukraine two weeks in desperate need for help. Actually, Poroshenko-Yatsenyuk government showed the world they want the civilians in the Eastern Ukraine caught between disputing sides to be dead. So now, as the rebels had no Grad missiles and have been unable to deliver the mentioned artillery strike, Kiev’s Army is the only possible perpetrator. As it has been in the past, Kiev, even caught red-handed, will stubbornly deny their involvement. Kiev’s rocket fire aimed at the civilian population done on purpose or by “mistake” is a direct violation of the Geneva Convention and should be addressed to the International Court in Hague.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
After Decades of Pressure, Luxembourg Drops Bank Secrecy Rulesi
X
October 21, 2014 12:20 AM
European Union finance ministers have reached a breakthrough agreement that will make it more difficult for tax cheats to hide their money. The new legislation, which had been blocked for years by countries with a reputation as tax havens, was approved last week after Luxembourg and Austria agreed to lift their vetoes. But as Mil Arcega reports, it doesn’t mean tax cheats have run out of places to keep their money hidden.
Video

Video After Decades of Pressure, Luxembourg Drops Bank Secrecy Rules

European Union finance ministers have reached a breakthrough agreement that will make it more difficult for tax cheats to hide their money. The new legislation, which had been blocked for years by countries with a reputation as tax havens, was approved last week after Luxembourg and Austria agreed to lift their vetoes. But as Mil Arcega reports, it doesn’t mean tax cheats have run out of places to keep their money hidden.
Video

Video Kobani Refugees Welcome, Turkey Criticizes, US Airdrop

Residents of Kobani in northern Syria have welcomed the airdrop of weapons, ammunition and medicine to Kurdish militia who are resisting the seizure of their city by Islamic State militants. The Turkish government, however, has criticized the operation. VOA’s Scott Bobb reports from southeastern Turkey, across the border from Kobani.
Video

Video China Political Meeting Seeks to Improve Rule of Law

China’s communist leaders will host a top level political meeting this week, called the Fourth Plenum, and for the first time in the party’s history, rule of law will be a key item on the agenda. Analysts and Chinese media reports say the meetings could see the approval of long-awaited measures aimed at giving courts more independence and include steps to enhance an already aggressive and high-reaching anti-corruption drive. VOA’s Bill Ide has more from Beijing.
Video

Video US ‘Death Cafes’ Put Focus on the Finale

In contemporary America, death usually is a topic to be avoided. But the growing “death café” movement encourages people to discuss their fears and desires about their final moments. VOA’s Jerome Socolovsky reports.
Video

Video Ebola Orphanage Opens in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone's first Ebola orphanage has opened in the Kailahun district. Hundreds of children orphaned since the beginning of the Ebola outbreak face stigma and rejection with nobody to care for them. Adam Bailes reports for VOA about a new interim care center that's aimed at helping the growing number of children affected by Ebola.
Video

Video Young Nairobi Tech Innovator on 'Track' in Security Business

A 24-year-old technology innovator in Nairobi has invented a tracking device that monitors and secures cars. He has also come up with what he claims is the most robust audio-visual surveillance system yet. As Lenny Ruvaga reports from the Kenyan capital, his innovations are offering alternative security solutions.
Video

Video Latinas Converting to Islam for Identity, Structure

Latinos are one of the fastest growing groups in the Muslim religion. According to the Pew Research Center, about 6 percent of American Muslims are Latino. And a little more than half of new converts are female. VOA’s Carolyn Presutti travelled to Miami, Florida -- where two out of every three residents is Hispanic -- to learn more.
Video

Video Exclusive: American Joins Kurds' Anti-IS Fight

The United States and other Western nations have expressed alarm about their citizens joining Islamic State forces in Syria and Iraq. In a rare counterpoint to the phenomenon, an American has taken up arms with the militants' Syrian Kurdish opponents. Elizabeth Arrott has more in this exclusive profile by VOA Kurdish reporter Zana Omer in Ras al Ayn, Syria.
Video

Video South Korea Confronts Violence Within Military Ranks

Every able-bodied South Korean male between 18 and 35 must serve for 21 to 36 months in the country’s armed forces, depending upon the specific branch. For many, service is a rite of passage to manhood. But there are growing concerns that bullying and violence come along with the tradition. Reporter Jason Strother has more from Seoul.
Video

Video North Carolina Emerges as Key Election Battleground

U.S. congressional midterm elections will be held on November 4th and most political analysts give Republicans an excellent chance to win a majority in the U.S. Senate, which Democrats now control. So what are the issues driving voters in this congressional election year? VOA National Correspondent Jim Malone traveled to North Carolina, one of the most politically competitive states in the country, to find out.
Video

Video Comanche People Maintain Pride in Their Heritage

The Comanche (Indian nation) once were called the “Lords of the Plains,” with an empire that included half the land area of current day Texas, large parts of Oklahoma, New Mexico, Kansas and Colorado.The fierceness and battle prowess of these warriors on horseback delayed the settlement of most of West Texas for four decades. VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Lawton, Oklahoma, that while their warrior days are over, the 15,000 members of the Comanche Nation remain a proud people.
Video

Video Turkey Campus Attacks Raise Islamic Radicalization Fears

Concerns are growing in Turkey of Islamic radicalization at some universities, after clashes between supporters of the jihadist group Islamic State (IS) or ISIS, and those opposed to the extremists. Pro-jihadist literature is on sale openly on the streets of Istanbul. Critics accuse the government of turning a blind eye to radicalism at home, while Kurds accuse the president of supporting IS - a charge strongly denied. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.

All About America

AppleAndroid