Ukraine Special Forces launch anti-terrorist operations against pro-Russian armed activists 1404142

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Defence & Security News - Ukraine

 
 
Monday, April 14, 2014 01:25 PM
 
Ukraine Special Forces launch anti-terrorist operations against pro-Russian armed activists.
Ukraine's acting president has said his government will launch a "full-scale anti-terrorist operation" involving the country's army against pro-Moscow separatists, claiming Russia was waging a war against Ukraine. The authorities in Kiev will use the army in order to prevent Russian forces from moving in, as they did in Crimea, Turchynov said, pledging amnesty to anyone laying down arms by Monday, April 14, 2014, morning.
     
Ukraine's acting president has said his government will launch a "full-scale anti-terrorist operation" involving the country's army against pro-Moscow separatists, claiming Russia was waging a war against Ukraine. The authorities in Kiev will use the army in order to prevent Russian forces from moving in, as they did in Crimea, Turchynov said, pledging amnesty to anyone laying down arms by Monday, April 14, 2014, morning.
Armed men, believed to be pro-Russian protesters, wear masks inside the offices of the state security service in Luhansk, in eastern Ukraine April 7, 2014.

     

Ukrainian special forces exchanged gunfire with a pro-Russia militia in an eastern city Sunday morning, with at least one security officer killed and five others wounded. It was the first reported gun battle in eastern Ukraine, where armed pro-Russia men have seized a number of government buildings in recent days.

Turchynov said a Security Service captain was killed and two colonels wounded in a gun battle outside Slovyansk, where the police station and the Security Service office were seized a day earlier.

Russia's Foreign Ministry said that the announcement was a "criminal order", and that it was "now the West's responsibility to prevent civil war in Ukraine".

Earlier on Sunday Ukraine's security forces announced their efforts to end the grip of separatists on Slovyansk.

Pro-Russian activists carrying automatic weapons seized government buildings in the town about 150km from the Russian border on Saturday, and set up barricades on the outskirts of Slovyansk.

Ukraine accuses Russia of trying to deepen violence and chaos in Ukraine. The Kremlin, it says, wants to undermine presidential elections on May 25 which aim to set the country back on a normal path after months of turmoil.

 

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