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Russo-Ukraine War - 2014
Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) spokesman Andriy Lysenko said that the Donetsk airport would remain under Ukrainian control. "Paratroopers and infantrymen from two brigades, who serve at the airport, are brilliantly performing their duties and are holding this place. They are great heroes, who have already been bombarded with hundreds of tonnes of shells and rockets, and dozens of attacks by Russian special forces and terrorists," he said.
Russia is considering making October 7 a special calendar day in honor of the so-called "polite people," the catchphrase used in Russia to describe the thousands of soldiers who annexed Crimea in February and March. A bill in the State Duma to instate a Day of the Polite People was given the thumbs-up from Russia's Defense Ministry on 03 October 2014. The Kremlin has said it is "aware" of the initiative, although it has claimed the decision lies with lawmakers.
The term "polite people" emerged in late February when Russian soldiers without insignia flooded into Crimea, seizing strategic positions across the peninsula -- from airports and Ukrainian military bases to the parliament building. As the Kremlin strenuously denied the troops were Russian, the soldiers were caustically dubbed "little green men" in Ukraine and "polite people" in Russia due to their alleged gentle demeanor.
Rebel forces in eastern Ukraine continued their push on 04 October 2014 to capture the government-held airport in Donetsk. Shelling and explosions were heard in the city early this morning and the situation was "tense," according to a statement on the city council’s website. Ukrainian military officials said pro-Russian separatists have suffered their worst casualties since a cease-fire officially began on September 5, losing 12 men in attacks on buildings at Donetsk airport. Two Ukrainian servicemen were also killed during the past 24 hours, but no further details were given.
Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatist fighters on October 05, 2014 marked one month since the signing of a Kremlin-backed truce with one the most heated battles of the six-month war in Donetsk, in eastern Ukraine. Ukraine's military accused Russian-backed separatists of fresh violations of the cease-fire, saying their forces came under attack in several parts of the east including the airport at Donetsk. Ukraine said 75 soldiers and civilians had been killed since the cease-fire took effect September 5.
On 08 October 2014 UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said that in spite of a fragile ceasefire over the past month in the east of Ukraine, the protracted conflict continued to kill and wound civilians, and deprive the more than five million residents in areas directly affected by the violence of their basic human rights. While there had been an absence of large-scale offensive actions since the ceasefire was announced on 5 September, in some areas artillery, tank and small arms exchanges have continued on an almost daily basis, such as in Donetsk airport, in the Debaltseve area in Donetsk region, and in the town of Shchastya in Luhansk region. From mid-April to 6 October, at least 3,660 people were killed and 8,756 wounded in eastern Ukraine, the UN Human Rights Office said Wednesday as it released the report.* Since the ceasefire began, between 6 September and 6 October, at least 331 fatalities were recorded, although some of the individuals may have been killed prior to the ceasefire, with the data only recorded later. Nearly 40,000 small and medium businesses in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions have ceased activity due to the fighting, leaving thousands without income. While some internally displaced people have returned home, data released by the State Emergency Service suggested that as of 2 October, there were 375,792 internally displaced people (IDPs) in Ukraine.
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