Skip to comments.'Dead, wounded' on both sides in east Ukraine police raid
Posted on 04/13/2014 3:45:10 AM PDT by wetphoenix
Kiev (AFP) - Ukraine's interior minister said on Sunday that both sides had suffered casualties during a raid launched by Ukrainian special forces on a police station in the eastern city of Slavyansk that was seized by pro-Russian gunmen.
"There are dead and wounded on both sides. On our side -- an SBU (Ukrainian Security Service) officer. The head of the SBU's anti-terrorist centre has been wounded, as have four others," Interior Minister Arsen Avakov wrote on his Facebook page.
"On side of the separatists -- an unidentified number. The separatists have started to protect themselves using human shields."
Avakov added that Ukraine's special forces have begun to "regroup" but he gave no other details.
About 20 pro-Kremlin gunmen on Saturday seized the Slavyansk police station and later occupied the city's SBU security service building.
The raids were accompanied by unconfirmed reports of police stations in other nearby cities in the heavily Russified east of the country also falling under gunmen's control.
Video footage aired on Ukrainian television showed gunmen opening fire on Saturday during a raid on a police station in the nearby town of Kramatorsk.
Ukraine's interior ministry had on Saturday denied that the Kramatorsk police station had also been taken by the armed separatists.
Avakov only said in his Facebook posting that "the people of Kramatorsk are unhappy with the actions of the invaders".
The east of Ukraine has been rocked by protests demanding that the region stage referendums on joining Kremlin rule similar to the one that led to Crimea's annexation by Russia last month.
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And all because of a coup....several months before a true democratic election.
They tried to escape a very intelligent, very ruthless, dictator and are failing. A very sad reminder that in real life evil can triumph over good. I will pray for Ukraine.
I wander if it is OK to send troops against your own people - will that be repeated in US by present regime?
West looks more and more like USSR in 50es and 60es - staging coups, denouncing God and sending the troops if people want freedom.... against people.
So it starts...How will it end?
At least the good guys won in Nevada!
It happened during the Civil War. A million dead on both sides.
Protestors in Kiev got their way after a hundred unarmed demonstrators were shot down. These folks are starting out with automatic weapons, and maybe more. Putting down armed insurrection is one of the basic functions of government.
So if an ELECTED Ukrainian government killing people who built barricades, took over buildings, and worked to overthrow the government was bad...
How come now an UNELECTED Ukrainian government killing people who build barricades, take over buildings, and work to overthrow the government is ok?
Both sides suck in this conflict, but the hypocrisy of some people is really amazing.
Given that Yanukovich did away with freedom of speech and freedom of assembly while setting himself up as dictator-for-life, I would call it a revolt that reversed his coup.
I know! It is tragic! It is supposed to work out like this, EVERY TIME! Moscow trash! Subhuman mongoloids! IT IS SUPPOSED TO BE LIKE THIS, EVERY TIME:
The west even tries to impose an overarching ‘Internationale’. Globalism, New World Order or ‘citizen of the world’ rhetoric, but the point is that national identities and independence are all supposed to be folded into ‘the greater good’.
Russian destabilization forces where in Kiev a month or two ago attempting to annex against the will of the people a part of a sovereign country, Ukraine?
We had one of the Putin defenders yesterday making the claim that the efforts of Bundy and friends were similar to the efforts of Putin and his destabilization efforts in E. Ukraine.
I kid you not.
where —> were
The Berkut were supposed to be disbanded. People in eastern Ukraine can see with their own eyes its a lie. And this will only deepen the divide between the East and Kiev which was never good to begin with even in the good times - even wider. With the loss of trust and goodwill, it makes the crisis that much harder to resolve.
Its a major step backwards.
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