News / Europe

Several Rebels Killed in Attack on Border Post in Eastern Ukraine

  • Ukrainian army paratroopers sit atop an armored personnel carrier as they move toward Slovyansk,  June 2, 2014. 
  • A member of the "Donbass" self-defense battalion trains at a National Guard of Ukraine base, near Kyiv, June 2, 2014. 
  • Hundreds of armed insurgents attacked a border guard encampment in eastern Ukraine as rebels nearby promised saftety for the officers if they surrendered the base and lay down arms, Slovyansk, June 2, 2014. 
  • Ukrainian army paratroopers move into position in Slovyansk, Ukraine, June 2, 2014. 
  • Members of the "Donbass" self-defense battalion train at a National Guard base, near Kyiv, June 2, 2014.
  • Members of the "Donbass" self-defense battalion train at a National Guard of Ukraine base, near Kyiv, June 2, 2014.
  • Newly-elected mayor of Kyiv, Vitali Klitschko, chairman of the Ukrainian party Udar (Punch), and the former world heavyweight boxing champion, attends a rally in Independence Square in Kyiv, Ukraine, June 1, 2014. 
  • Members of self-defense units stand during a minute of silence in honor of people killed in Independence Square during clashes February 18-21 in Kyiv and soldiers killed during anti-terrorist campaigns in the east of Ukraine, Independence Square, Kyiv, June 2, 2014.
Gabe Joselow
Ukrainian government forces battled pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine not far from the Russian border Monday, as Russia called for the creation of "humanitarian corridors" to allow residents of the region to escape the violence.

A spokesman for Ukraine's so-called anti-terror operations, Vladislav Seleznyov, said about 200 men using small arms and machine guns attacked a border patrol post overnight near Luhansk, 30 kilometers from the Russian border. Snipers also fired on the border post, he said. 

Seleznyov said the military called for an air strike, but the aircraft were unable to fire on rebels, who had taken positions near civilians in a nearby residential building.

As soon as the air assault began, he said, rebel fighters hid in the residential building near their base. As soon as the strike was called off, the rebels left the building and began shooting again.

The battles lasted into the day on Monday, leaving as many as seven people dead

Russian news agencies reported that five people were killed Monday when a warplane fired on the regional administration building inside the city of Luhansk, which currently houses officials of the separatists' self-styled Luhansk People's Republic. However, the Ukrainian New Agency quoted Seleznyov as denying that there had been an air strike on the building.

US vice president heads to Kyiv

Vice President Joe Biden will lead a presidential delegation to Kyiv on June 7 to attend the inauguration of Ukrainian President-elect Petro Poroshenko.

Biden also will hold meetings with Ukraine’s leaders to discuss Poroshenko’s agenda, the situation in the east, and how the United States can assist Ukraine with fighting corruption, strengthening its democratic institutions, and get its economy back on a path toward sustainable growth.
 
Russia requests 'humanitarian corridors'
 
Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends a news conference after a meeting with his Mauritanian counterpart Ahmed Teguedi in Moscow, June 2, 2014.Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends a news conference after a meeting with his Mauritanian counterpart Ahmed Teguedi in Moscow, June 2, 2014.
x
Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends a news conference after a meeting with his Mauritanian counterpart Ahmed Teguedi in Moscow, June 2, 2014.
Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends a news conference after a meeting with his Mauritanian counterpart Ahmed Teguedi in Moscow, June 2, 2014.

Against the backdrop of ongoing violence, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Monday that Russia will submit a draft United Nations Security Council resolution Monday calling for the creation of "humanitarian corridors" in eastern Ukraine, to allow residents to escape the fighting.

Lavrov told reporters the resolution also calls for an end to the ongoing violence in that region, and said the situation there is worsening.

"Our Western colleagues have been telling us for quite a long time that as soon as the presidential election is held in Ukraine the situation will calm down. But everything is happening in exactly the opposite way," Lavrov said.

President-elect Petro Poroshenko won election on May 25.  

Also Monday, Russia's state-run gas company, Gazprom, delayed a possible shutoff of gas supplies to Ukraine that would impact other parts of Europe as well.

Ukraine paid $786 million to cover some of its gas debt, earning a one-week delay in Russia's plan to not ship any more gas unless it is paid for in advance.

The two sides were due to continue negotiations on the issue Monday in Brussels.

Meanwhile, the office of British Minister David Cameron announced that he will hold a face-to-face meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday in Normandy, France, where both will attend events marking the 70th anniversary of World War II's D-Day landings.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters.
 
Error rendering storify.

You May Like

VOA Exclusive: Interview With Myanmar President Thein Sein

Thein Sein calls allegations that minority Muslim Rohingya are fleeing alleged torture in Rakhine state a media fabrication More

New Yellow Fever Research May Lead to Improved Treatment

Researchers identify features of disease that may lead to more effective treatment More

UN Rights Commission Investigates Eritrea

Three-member commission will start collecting first-hand information from victims and other witnesses in Switzerland and Italy next week More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Vannak from: us
June 03, 2014 4:48 AM
How many separetis and government soldier die in this scence? People trape in battle fild. Childrent left school home distroy. Who response this things. The west give hand to kiev russie help separetise when the war gone. Kive fight for soverainety . the est fight for their right . What is the best choise for Kiev ? The Ukrain gover. should analy situ. The best one is protest ur people by peace . War can not solve prob.


by: Vovan from: Ukraine
June 03, 2014 3:27 AM
Russia is an organizer and inspirer of disturbances in Ukraine. People in the world must understand one simple thing: not begin Russia destabilizing actions in Ukraine, in Ukraine would be already piece and calmness. Russia is an infamous, insidious, lying, mean creature!

In Response

by: PrayerInTheDark from: Nowhere
June 05, 2014 3:06 AM
Dear Vovan, your last message doesn't agree with the previous one. I don't see any sense to argue with you anymore. You have only one opinion too. And! You see only russians here, some kind of schiz?

In Response

by: Vovan from: Ukraine
June 04, 2014 2:08 AM
You, educated on historical myths which official Moscow hammers in all of you in heads, have no authority to ridicule the looks of more formed, than you are, people.

First familiarize with a short-story essay about Russia on a site CIA.

Founded in the 12th century, the Principality of Muscovy was able to emerge from over 200 years of Mongol domination (13th-15th centuries) and to gradually conquer and absorb surrounding principalities. In the early 17th century, a new Romanov Dynasty continued this policy of expansion across Siberia to the Pacific. Under PETER I (ruled 1682-1725), hegemony was extended to the Baltic Sea and the country was renamed the Russian Empire.

In Response

by: PrayerInTheDark from: Nowhere
June 03, 2014 9:54 AM
About of age: I'm Ukranian. (LOL. My question was HOW OLD ARE YOU?). Then. Thank you for such funny history and don't you dare tell this to someone else.

In Response

by: Vovan from: Ukraine
June 03, 2014 6:47 AM
Ukraine because of revolution from December 2013 for February 2014 appeared vulnerable. Not a single country in the world did not take advantage of moment of weakness of Ukraine. From all 200 countries of the world only one country - Russia perfidiously stuck a knife in the back of Ukraine! Russia annexed Crimea. Russia exports terrorism to Ukraine. Russia illegally takes across thousands of geared-up terrorists through a border.

About of age: I am Ukrainian. My nation was European nation from the eleventh century. Your ancestors at this time yet ate raw meat and walked in hides! Ukrainians taught your people to Christ and literacy! Ukrainians governed to you our books in 16 and 17 century, as there were not competent people in all Moscovit. Moscovits did not yet know a slavonic language even! Russian is the artificially created language, for basis of which was used old Ukrainian and old Bulgarian languages.

The state system of Ukraine has European origin from a 10 century. The state system of Russia began in a 14 century as administrative unit of Gold Horde.
Even etnonim Rus stolen at Ukraine in 17 century.

In Response

by: PrayerInTheDark from: Nowhere
June 03, 2014 5:38 AM
How old are you? From your posts I see that probably you are younger than 23. For 23 years Ukraine failed to build a strong state, Maidan by Maidan. May be the case in you? And it is not Russia's hand.


by: Not Again from: Canada
June 02, 2014 4:14 PM
Interesting how Lavrov and Russia want humanitarian corrodors in Ukraine, when there is no such need at this point in time, while they denied such corridors to save the 150,000+ dead Syrian civilian victims of Assad; Syria's victims were/are women, children, old people; time to ensure that any such corridors, in Ukraine, incluude same life saving corridors in Syria.


by: moritz katz from: germany
June 02, 2014 2:17 PM
What one believes is what the media rubs under our nose. The free and fair elections in the Ukraine are no better than elections in Syria just others pulling the strings.


by: Matthew Kofi Eghan from: Ghana
June 02, 2014 1:38 PM
Selfishness and greed have made the western world forgot pain and sorrow that innocent people went through during and aftermath of the world wars.
Whenever a nation tries to impose its system of governance to another independent state, or using all kinds of tactics to bully certain group of people.
No nation can practice democracy to core, so America and their allies must respect nations which are not dancing to their tunes.
Long live Mugabe long live Africa.


by: Anonymous from: from Russia
June 02, 2014 12:19 PM
Putin and Lavrov are liar criminal band.

In Response

by: Vovan from: Ukraine
June 03, 2014 6:57 AM
It is impossible to prove that Putin and Lavrov does not lie. To prove that Putin and Lavrov lay as easy as anything. Putin and Lavrov talked that the Russian army is not implicated to the events in Crimea in March, 2014. And after a month Putin rewarded the soldiery for the successful taking of Crimea!

In Response

by: PrayerInTheDark from: Nowhere
June 03, 2014 4:46 AM
Any proof?


by: Tom Murphy from: West Virginia
June 02, 2014 11:51 AM
Since the free elections in Ukraine have taken place and the Ukrainian people have freely chosen their government, Russia can no longer complain that the Kiev government is not legitimate. Its now time for Russia to withdraw its troops and secret agents in Ukraine and allow the legitimate government of Ukraine to perform its rightful functions without external interference or be branded the aggressive invader with no legal or moral justification to hold on to.

In Response

by: Tom Murphy from: West Virginia
June 03, 2014 10:05 AM
To: PrayerInTheDark

The people of Ukraine have a right to remove a serving president for corruption and improper administration in office, which is what happened to Yanukovych. In a democracy, the will of the majority always has primary legitimacy with the exception that a majority cannot deny a minority its basic human rights. That would be called a "tyranny of the majority", if the majority took away the basic human rights of the minority.

In Response

by: Vovan from: Ukraine
June 03, 2014 7:06 AM
To name Yanukovych a legitimate president an idiot can only! Yanukovych could not do a step without consultation with Putin. This was such nasty spectacle, that people overturned Yanukovych! Legalistically Yanukovych would remain a president to December, 2014. But Yanukovych simply eloped. All in Ukraine were surprised: why did Yanukovych elope? Yanukovych came running to the feet of owner. Putin is an owner of Yanukovych. How can a marionette of one state be legitimate in other country?

In Response

by: PrayerInTheDark from: Nowhere
June 03, 2014 4:43 AM
@Tom Murphy, formally Yanukovich is still president of Ukraine. So how can the new one be legitimate?

In Response

by: Anonymous
June 02, 2014 1:49 PM
Exactly.

In Response

by: meanbill from: USA
June 02, 2014 1:10 PM
Hey Tom, The newly elected Ukraine president hasn't been sworn in yet, nor has (any) other elected government officials, have they?

The (acting) coup Ukraine President, Prime minister and government, (are still in charge), and they are still trying to crush the opposition to their rule? -- The only thing that's changed? -- (the Ukrainians elected a new President only) -- and (not any) of the other government officials needed, for a democratic elected Ukraine government, have they?


by: Henry Hall from: Osaka
June 02, 2014 11:46 AM
I certainly doesn't seem at the moment to be the swift and overwhelming victory predicted by the incoming president.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Ebola Economic Toll Stirs W. Africa Food Security Concernsi
X
November 19, 2014 11:39 PM
The World Bank said Wednesday that it expects the economic impact of the Ebola outbreak on the sub-Saharan economy to cost somewhere betweenf $3 billion to $4 billion - well below a previously-outlined worst-case scenario of $32 billion. Some economists, however, paint a gloomier picture - warning that the disruption to regional markets and trading is considerable. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
Video

Video Ebola Economic Toll Stirs W. Africa Food Security Concerns

The World Bank said Wednesday that it expects the economic impact of the Ebola outbreak on the sub-Saharan economy to cost somewhere betweenf $3 billion to $4 billion - well below a previously-outlined worst-case scenario of $32 billion. Some economists, however, paint a gloomier picture - warning that the disruption to regional markets and trading is considerable. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
Video

Video Mexico Protests Escalate Over Disappearances

Protests in Mexico over 43 students missing since September continue to escalate, reflecting growing anger among Mexicans about a political system they view as corrupt, and increasingly tainted by the drug trade. Mounting outrage over the disappearances is now focused on the government of President Enrique Pena Nieto, accused of not doing enough to end insecurity in the country. More from VOA's Victoria Macchi.
Video

Video US Senate Votes Down Controversial Oil Pipeline - For Now

The U.S. Senate has rejected construction of a controversial pipeline to transport Canadian oil to American refineries. The $5 billion project still could be approved next year, but it faces a possible veto by President Barack Obama. As VOA’s Michael Bowman reports, the pipeline has exposed deep divisions in Congress about America’s energy future.
Video

Video Can Minsk Cease-fire Agreement Hold?

Growing tensions between government troops and separatists in eastern Ukraine further threaten a cease-fire agreement reached two months ago in the Belarusian capital of Minsk. Critics of U.S. policy in Ukraine say it is time the Obama administration gives up on that much-violated cease-fire and moves toward a new deal with Russia. VOA's Scott Stearns has more.
Video

Video Chaos, Abuse Defy Solution in Libya

The political and security crisis in Libya is deepening, with competing governments and, according to Amnesty International, widespread human rights violations committed with impunity. VOA’s Al Pessin reports from London.
Video

Video US Hosts Record 866,000 Foreign Students

Close to 900,000 international students are studying at American universities and colleges, more than ever before. About half of them come from Asia, mostly China. The United States hosts more foreign students than any other country in the world, and its foreign student population is steadily growing. Zlatica Hoke reports.
Video

Video Ferguson Church Grapples with Race Relations

Many white residents of Ferguson, Missouri, say they chose to live there because of the American Midwest community's diversity. So, they were shocked when a white police officer killed an unarmed black teenager in August – and shaken by the resulting protests and violence. Some local churches are leading conversations on how to go forward. VOA’s Ayesha Tanzeem reports.
Video

Video What Jon Stewart Learned About Iran From 'Rosewater'

Jon Stewart, host of the satirical news program "The Daily Show" talks with Saman Arbabi of Voice of America's Persian service about Stewart's directorial debut, "Rosewater."
Video

Video Lebanese Winemakers Thrive Despite War Next Door

In some of the most volatile parts of Lebanon, where a constant flow of refugees crosses the border from Syria, one industry continues to flourish against the odds. Lebanese winemakers say after surviving a brutal civil war in the 1970s and 80s, they can survive anything. Heather Murdock has more for VOA from the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon.
Video

Video China's Rise Closely Watched

China’s role as APEC host this week allowed a rare opportunity for Beijing to showcase its vision for the global economy and the region. But as China’s stature grows, so have tensions with other countries, including the United States. VOA’s Bill Ide in Beijing reports on how China’s rise as a global power is seen among Chinese and Americans.

All About America

AppleAndroid