East Ukraine preparing for siege
7 July 2014
Unknown blew up a railway bridge near Donetsk on Monday. It was the main route connecting central Ukraine and eastern regions of the country, Reuters reports. At the same time self-defense forces of eastern Ukraine announced that as of now they will have their own assault aviation and anti-aircraft guns which they seized from the Ukrainian army.
For three months now there are ongoing armed clashes in eastern Ukraine between self-defense forces and the national guard. Kiev announced that it intends to take the territory of Lugansk and Donetsk regions under state control.
Only the previous Monday Ukrainian army forced the militia fighters to retreat from Slavyansk surrendering the town to the Ukrainian army, which Ukrainian President Petr Poroshenko called a turning point.
After being forced to retreat to Donetsk, hundreds of armed self-defense fighters have vowed to take a stand next time.
According to the press service of the Donetsk People’s Republic, all men under 35 have afterwards been arrested in Sloviansk.
The self-defense forces now have a Su-25 assault plane at their disposal, TASS cites the defense minister of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic Igor Plotnitsky as saying on Monday.