The Ukrainian army has launched an operation against pro-autonomy Activists in the eastern town of Slavyansk. The army and to insure full Siege of the city by Draining it from its support, ammo supplies etc…to insure the succession of the operation.
However 20 helicopters were deployed to be able to drain and weaken the self-defense forces deployed inside the city.
In addition news about 2 helicopters being shot down was true and confirmed by RIA Novosti news agency with two pilots dead and another one captured.
This information was confirmed by Ukraine’s coup-appointed Interior Minister Arsen Avakov.
Following the loss of the aircraft, Kiev halted their operation.
A Ukrainian military helicopter flies near a Ukrainian checkpoint near the town of Slavyansk in eastern Ukraine May 2, 2014 (Reuters / Baz Ratner)
The total death toll in Slavyansk currently stands at three: besides the two troops, reports from both sides talk about injuries in both between the line of both
Also, a journalist’s car has been fired on, and press cars were stopped by the Ukrainian army who seems to be blocking all entrances to the city – and even Kramatorsk.
The Slavyansk self-defense leader said that helicopters were firing on the city with missiles, no reports talked about city damage, Interfax stated.
Slavyansk self-defense forces told RIA Novosti that the Ukrainian military had attacked several positions.
“The attack is targeting a few checkpoints at the same time. A few armored vehicles and airborne combat vehicles arrived and airborne troops descended from the helicopters and attacked the checkpoints. Some forces were dropped off around the train station, where we didn’t have anyone,” RIA Novosti quoted the press secretary of the Slavyansk self-defense units as saying.
On the other hand ,few of the activists were injured during the attack, Interfax cited the city’s self-defense unit as saying.
A commander at one of the checkpoints told RIA Novosti that the Ukrainian army have controlled one of the road blocks and the broasdcasting center and mounted on it some artilirries for defense and for preparation to start an operation inside the city.
A video posted on YouTube reportedly shows the start of the special operation in Slavyansk
Meanwhile, the OSCE is trying to reach the Ukrainian authorities in attempt to stop the military operation in the country, after a request from Russia.
“We’ve demanded that all that be stopped, and that humanitarian corridors be created for the civilian population, and all air forces flights halted,” the Russian permanent representative to the organization, Andrey Kelin