DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Serhiy Astakhov told The Associated Press by telephone that five rebels were killed and eight injured in the continuing attack on the camp in Luhansk, a major city not far from the Russian border, according to a preliminary assessment. Seven servicemen were injured, three seriously.
The initial attack by around 100 insurgents was met by firing from the border guards, and the number of attackers swelled to around 400 a few hours later. Astakhov said the fighting was continuing, and that the Ukrainian forces sent an airplane to the area but still had been unable to quell the attack. Video and full story
Caption: Pro-Russia militants of “Battalion East” hold Kalashnikov rifles as they partake in military exercises in a forest not far from the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, June 1, 2014. — Photo by AFP