Monday, June 2, 2014

Kiev's bloody eastern Ukraine campaign LIVE UPDATES — RT News

Kiev has pledged to continue what it calls an “anti-terrorist” operation in eastern Ukraine after the presidential election. Unrest in the region has already resulted in dozens of deaths as well as the Donetsk and Lugansk regions proclaiming independence.

Monday, June 2

04:55 GMT:

A firefight continues in the city of Lugansk where militia from the self-proclaimed People's Republic of Lugansk are trying to storm the headquarters of the State Border Service of Ukraine, allegedly also used as a base by militants of the ultranationalist Right Sector union.

At least one member of the assault team has been shot dead, while the number of casualties among the besieged military unit is unknown.

The installation was sealed off soon after midnight by armed militia, demanding the servicemen lay down their arms and leave the military base. After four hours of negotiations, the militia launched an assault using assault rifles and grenade launchers.

Several attempts to enter the installation have ended in vain. The Kiev authorities are unable to send any forces to rescue the unit so they dispatched a Sukhoi fighter jet, which made several passes over the city but could not launch a missile attack because the pilot failed to identify the targets, the Ukrainian State Border Service’s press department reported.

03:09 GMT:

The self-defense forces of Lugansk are fighting with members of the nationalistic Right Sector and the National Guard army near the border guard post in the southern part of the city, Itar-Tass reported, citing the press service of the self-proclaimed People's Republic of Lugansk.

01:24 GMT:

Two rival rallies took place in Odessa on Sunday, Ruptly reports. Anti-Maidan activists gathered at Kulikovo field, showing support to the people of Donbass. The theme of their demonstration was 'Children against Nazism.' People held flags and banners which said "Ukraine against Nazism" and "Fascism is a shame of Ukraine.” The Pro-Maidan rally began almost simultaneously in another part of the city. Both rallies went off without incidents.

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