Thursday, April 17, 2014

The bloody fighting in Mariupol

April 17 (BBC News Europe) Three pro-Russian separatists have been shot dead in a clash with Ukrainian forces in Mariupol, near the Azov Sea, Ukraine's interior minister says. Separatists attacked a military unit in Mariupol overnight and troops opened fire, killing three, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said in a Facebook post on Thursday. According to Mr Avakov, 13 of the attackers were wounded and so far 63 have been detained. He said none of the interior ministry troops had been killed. Mariupol is in the far south of Donetsk region, where separatists have seized dozens of official buildings. The operation is continuing - Ukraine has sent in reinforcements including helicopters. There was no independent confirmation of his statement.