Ukraine self-defense forces destroy one military Grad MLRS near Slavyansk
10 June 2014, 07:59 -- Ukrainian servicemen open artillery fire on Slavyansk in the Donetsk Region during periods when local residents try to leave the city, spokeswoman for the people's mayor said. Soldiers of self-defense forces near embattled eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk destroy at Grad multiple-launch rocket system.
According to ITAR-TASS soldiers of self-defense forces near embattled eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk destroy at least one Grad multiple-launch rocket system (MLRS), Stella Khorosheva, a spokeswoman for the Slavyansk people's mayor, said. Ukrainian servicemen open artillery fire on Slavyansk in the Donetsk Region during periods when local residents try to leave the city, she added.
'The city is most bombed from 09:00 to 13:00, when people are either trying to depart in buses or are being taken out by volunteers. Military age men, in particular, wounded, are not allowed to leave Slavyansk via Ukrainian security checkpoints,' Khorosheva said, adding that "Ukrainian military allow women and children to leave the combat operations zone.'
'The city is being destroyed. The chemical plant was shelled, after which it caught fire that took effort to extinguish. An environmental disaster was avoided in this way. The building of the Stroymash works was also damaged. Both enterprises do not work,' she said.
Fierce fighting has been underway between the Ukrainian military and militias in Ukraine's southeastern regions, which refused to recognize the authorities who had been propelled to power amid riots during a coup in Ukraine in February 2014.
A punitive operation, being conducted by Kiev against federalization supporters in Ukraine's Southeast and involving armored vehicles, heavy artillery and attack aviation, has already claimed dozens of lives, including civilian.
Billionaire businessman and politician Petr Poroshenko won the May 25 early presidential election in Ukraine set by the provisional Kiev authorities. He was sworn in on June 7. Despite hopes that the punitive operation will stop under Poroshenko, it still continues.
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