Kiev spy aircraft comes under fire near Lugansk airport
6 July 2014, 15:32 -- Representatives of the Lugansk People's Republic, armed with portable automatic weapons, have attacked a Ukrainian Army aircraft which was conducting area surveillance near the Lugansk airport on Sunday.
The incident occurred at around 11 am local time on Sunday, an Interfax correspondent said. After a brief shoot-out the aircraft left the zone without any visible damage.
Meanwhile, the eastern parts of Lugansk continue experiencing disruptions in water supplies. Public transport has been running smoothly in the region's center but stops service on the routes at 8 pm-9 pm instead of the usual 11 pm to midnight.
Meanwhile, a signature-gathering began in central Lugansk on Sunday for a letter to the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, asking him to step in and help bring the military operation to an end.
'Dear Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, I am writing to you because we want to draw the UN and international-community attention to the current situation in the Lugansk region. In breach of its own Constitution, the government in Kiev issues orders to use the army against people. The so-called anti-terrorist operation has turned into genocide against civilian population. Aviation and artillery attack civilian neighborhoods in Lugansk, killing women, children and old people as a result,' the letter reads.
Commenting on the signature-gathering, deputy chairman of the Lugansk People's Republic public council and Lugansk regional councilor Oleg Akimov said he hoped the initiative will get a political response and help stabilize the situation in the region.
Meanwhile, the village of Krasny Yar near Lugansk has been without water and electricity for two days now. Some local houses have even been cut off from gas supplies because of damage to a gas pipe, Interfax reports.
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