#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE (Lugansk) – Pro-Russian rebels fighting Ukraine’s Western-backed government have launched their most serious attacks yet on Lugansk International Airport in the east of the country, a military source said Sunday.
The assaults, which took place Saturday evening and Sunday morning in the immediate wake of the inauguration of Ukraine’s new President Petro Poroshenko, did not result in any injuries among the defenders, he said.
“It was clear the rebels were trying to destroy the building which controls the power supply to the airport,” said the source, one of the Ukrainian paratroopers guarding the airport, talking to AFP by telephone.
“It’s the first time we have had an attack of this kind. Up till now, we’ve only had a few skirmishes,” said the soldier, who identified himself only as Sergiy.
Pro-Russian separatist proclaimed the independence of the “Lugansk People’s Republic” in May, at about the same time as the neighbouring “Donetsk People’s Republic”.
The two districts have been the scene of ceaseless fighting between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian insurgents that have killed more than 200 people since mid-April.
When approached by AFP, a spokesman for the “Lugansk People’s Republic” could not confirm the assaults on the airport, which has been closed for the past month because of the instability in the region.
The airport is one among very few areas in the Lugansk not controlled by the separatists, who have taken over most of the cities, set up numerous roadblocks and recently seized several checkpoints on the border with Russia.
#AceNewsServices – UKRAINE – June 02 – Many casualties are being reported in the administration building of the city of Lugansk, eastern Ukraine, after a fighter jet attack. The assault was followed by heavy gunfire on the ground, causing panic among civilians.
At least five people have been killed in the attack, according to RIA Novosti. Many wounded are still trapped inside the administration headquarters, which caught on fire. About six ambulance vehicles have arrived at the site.
The death toll may rise.
However, the self-defence forces at the moment report one fatality and 10 people sustaining injuries.
“Ukraine’s air force struck Lugansk down-town at 16.00 pm. Military aircraft made a targeted strike, deploying cluster bombs. The administration building is partially destroyed,” the government of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic said.
#Lugansk: local admin bldg being isolated and evacuated. Fire-fighters by everywhere. pic.twitter.com/GxDcAv7FM4
— PaulaSlier_RT (@PaulaSlier_RT) June 2, 2014
Large blood stains inside the HQ could be seen on live-streaming video from the area, with pieces of glass and stones also visible on the floor.
The camera operator was choking with smoke.
On the outside, many windows are shattered, shell fragments covering the nearby area and dark plumes of smoke are coming from the fourth floor.
RT – RIA Novosti
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#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – May 24 – Self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics which have recently held referenda on independence from Ukraine have declared the creation of a union state of Novorossiya.
Representatives from eight south-eastern regions voting at the people’s congress in Donetsk / screenshot from video
“We have signed a memorandum on the union,” Denis Pushilin, co-chairman of the Donetsk People’s Republic, told the media.
The new union state will be called Novorossiya, said the people’s governor of the Donetsk Region, Pavel Gubarev.
He added that the document has been signed in the city of Donetsk by Donetsk People’s Republic Prime Minister Aleksandr Borodai and the head of Lugansk People’s Republic Aleksey Karyakin.
People’s representatives from eight Ukrainian regions gathered for a congress in Donetsk on Saturday, a day ahead of presidential elections.
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#AceWorldNews – UNITED NATIONS – May 19 – The United Nations Secretariat has not confirmed receiving a request from the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic to recognize its sovereignty.
Stephane Dujarric, an official spokesperson for the United Nations secretary-general, told ITAR-TASS that he could not confirm the receipt of such an appeal.
Earlier, The Republican Council of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s republic has asked the UN to recognize its independence, the press service of the Luhansk People’s Republic.
“Republican Assembly of People’s Republic of Luhansk appeal to you to recognize the sovereignty and independence of our country,” statement to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says.
United Nations Press Release