Kiev’s bloody eastern Ukraine campaign LIVE UPDATES

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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.

Kiev's bloody eastern Ukraine campaign LIVE UPDATES

Tuesday, June 3

08:45 GMT:

A total 181 people, including 59 Kiev troops, have been killed in the military operation in Donetsk and Lugansk Regions in eastern Ukraine, the country’s acting Prosecutor General Oleg Makhnitsky said at a press conference. There were 293 injured.

It was not clear if numbers given by Makhnitsky included casualties among self-defense forces.

 

08:13 GMT:

 

 

04:50 GMT:

Ukraine’s Interior Minister Arsen Avakov reported in Facebook the intense rate of fire near the city of Slavyansk, where troops have resumed the active offensive against federalist militia.

In the nearby village of Semyonovka self-defense forces used an RPG to repel a column of armored infantry vehicles. Avakov claims that some vehicles sustained direct hits, but remained operable. The minister called on the citizens of Slavyansk, Kramatorsk – where self-defense forces are trying to push government forces out of a local airport – and the settlement of Krasny Liman “not to approach positions of terrorists.”

The village of Semyonovka has now no electric supply after government troops shelled it with mortars.

The people’s mayor of Slavyansk, Vyacheslav Ponomarev, has reported that up to 40 percent of the 110,000 citizens have fled the city, mostly the younger population. However, an estimated 7,000 children remain in Slavyansk with their parents.

 

Monday, June 2

21:08 GMT:

Russia has introduced a new UN Security Council draft resolution in Ukraine aimed at immediately ending the violence and creating humanitarian corridors in part of eastern Ukraine, UN envoy Vitaly Churkin told reporters.

“We submitted a draft resolution to the Security Council on the humanitarian situation in Ukraine,” he said after a closed meeting of the Security Council, Ria Novosti reports. Churkin said the document drawn up by the Russian Federation “is not politicized.”

“It demands the immediate cessation of violence and the creation of humanitarian corridors that would allow the public to safely leave the areas engulfed by the fighting,” Churkin said.

 

Russia's UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin (Reuters / Lucas Jackson)Russia’s UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin (Reuters / Lucas Jackson)

 

19:42 GMT:

Three civilians have been killed in clashes between self-defense troops and Kiev forces in the village of Yasnogorka, on the outskirts of Kramatorsk, Donetsk region, reports Itar-Tass.

A vehicle was blown up. Three people died inside it,” a representative of the local self-defense activists said. Ambulances that tried to remove the wounded were fired at and are currently staying in the area, as their tires have been shot and deflated.

 

15:00 GMT:

Russia has called for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council on 2000 GMT, during which it will ask for the military operation against the separatists to cease, and for the sides to sit down at the negotiating table. Previous Russian resolutions on Ukraine have been vetoed by the Western powers who make up the majority of the Security Council.

09:09 GMT:

Immediate termination of violence and creation of humanitarian corridors in eastern Ukraine will be among demands Russia will have in its draft resolution on Ukraine to be submitted to the UN Security Council, according to Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

In order to achieve compliance with the documents [Geneva agreement and OSCE “road map”] – and they start with the demand for ending violence – Russia plans to submit a draft resolution to the UN,” Lavrov said. “It will contain calls for immediate termination of violence and for starting negotiations with the purpose of establishing a lasting and sustainable ceasefire. There will also be a demand to create humanitarian corridors.

 

Anti-goverment militants fire from a residential area at Ukrainian border guards defending the Federal Border Headquarters in Lugansk, eastern Ukraine, on June 2, 2014 (AFP Photo / Sergey Gapon)Anti-goverment militants fire from a residential area at Ukrainian border guards defending the Federal Border Headquarters in Lugansk, eastern Ukraine, on June 2, 2014 (AFP Photo / Sergey Gapon)

 

 

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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