Russia continues attempts to destabilise the situation in the southern and eastern regions of Ukraine, with the help of diversionists and militants. According to the Ukrainian special services, they are partly financed by the former president Viktor Yanukovich.
Pro-Russian militants in the Eastern regions of the country continue their attempts to seize buildings, keep people captured and detained and announce a hunt on Ukrainian-speakers.
According to media reports, pro-Russian forces abducted at least four persons during last several days in Slavyansk, Kramatorsk and Gorlovka. Among them a journalist, activist, city council deputy and the radio centre employee.
The Ukrainian authorities declared an antiterrorist operation in Donetsk Region. The hottest point on Tuesday was Kramatorsk. Unidentified men equipped as military, with automatic guns, attempted an assault on the local airfield. The attack was beaten off and the city was freed from separ
The situation in the Eastern Ukraine reminds the “Crimean scenario” more and more, despite significant differences between these regions.
As a result of events on 13 April there were people injured in Slaviansk, Kharkiv, Zaporizhzha, Mariupol, Kramatorsk, including law enforcement officers, pro-Russian and pro-Ukrainian activists, journalists. The region of activities of separatists has been expanded.
According to Ukrainian activists, on 12 April Russia in fact invaded continental Ukraine. This fact has been recognized by the Interior Minister of Ukraine, military experts and numerous witnesses of the latest events in Eastern Ukraine.
Confrontation continues in the eastern regions of Ukraine with the number of victims and hostages rising. Journalists are among the main targets of aggression – as was the case in Crimea.
A Ukrainian military officer is reported to have been shot in Crimea. On Saturday the body of a civil activist, kidnapped the previous day, was found in the Cherkassy region.
Aus der Krim wird über die Erschießung eines ukrainischen Offiziersdurch russische Militärs berichtet.