Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Ukraine Airstrikes in Donetsk and Slavyansk

Ukraine's May 25 elections of a millionaire Chocolatier Petro Porosenko to the presidency has not halted the Ukrainian government from launching airstrikes against protesters turned separatist militia according to the media pundits in Donetsk and Slavyansk. Eastern Ukraine has bore the brunt of the "anti terrorist campaignlaunched by Kiev government some month and half ago. Meant to halt Russian speaking protesters from splitting away from Kiev's control similar to Crimea, the Ukrainian army has now bombard Donetsk's main airport with decoy and artillery missiles to remove armed militiamen in the area. According to RT News, a residential area near the airport was also bombed killing three civilians. Journalists working for Russian media Graham Philips RT freelancer, Oleg Sidyakin and Marat Saichenko for Life News were also arrested in Mariupol by Ukrainian forces as they (journalists) tried to report on the rapidly changing situation. Philips was released after being held for 36 hours in detention even as the situation in Donetsk grew worst. The arrest or kidnapping has inspired the latest hashtag maker Save Our Guys based on the BringBackOurGirls from Nigeria. Ukrainian army were also accused of using a UN helicopter in the anti-terror campaign although Kiev denies using any helicopter with UN insignia as the UN doesn't operate in Ukraine but does operate in neighboring countries. The OSCE representatives have been sent to monitor the conditions of the two detained journalists but have not been allowed to see them. Russian speaking separatists had previously captured two OSCE monitors in Slavyansk in late April prior to the airstrikes. The monitors were later released unharmed and treated well.

Ukrainian military captures two Russian journalists

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