Pro-Russian Separatists Shot Military Helicopter Down in Ukraine, Killed 14 Including General
By Sounak Mukhopadhyay | May 30, 2014 10:46 AM EST
Pro-Russian extremists shot down a Ukrainian military helicopter, which resulted in the death of 14 people including a senior general.
A gunman walks by thirty coffins prepared for the funerals of pro-Russian rebels killed during heavy fighting at Donetsk airport on May 26, outside a Donetsk morgue May 29, 2014.
The incident took place near Sloviansk on Thursday, May 29 as rebels used an anti-craft system to shoot the helicopter down. According to Olexander Turchynov - the outgoing president of Ukraine, the anti-aircraft system was had been made in Russia. The government forces have been engaged in violent fights against the separatists in Sloviansk in recent weeks. Petro Poroshenko, the president-elect of the country, had promised to tackle "bandits" in the east.
According to Mark Lowen of BBC, the shot-down happens to be "a major blow" to the Ukrainian military. The helicopter reportedly had dropped off troops at a military base before it encountered a fierce fighting between Kramatorsk and Sloviansk. General Serhiy Kulchytskiy, who was killed in the fight, was the head of combat and special training for Ukraine's National Guard. After 14 soldiers had been killed in an attack on an army checkpoint near Donetsk last week, this was one of the "worst losses of life for government forces in the conflict so far." This was, however, not the first time the rebels shot down an army helicopter. Two more army helicopters were shot down near the same place in April, which killed a serviceman and a pilot.
A spokesman for the rebels claimed the responsibility of the shot-down. Vyacheslav Ponomarev, a self-proclaimed mayor, told CNN that the rebels had done it as the army did not listen to them. "Our militants got them," said Thursday. "They were detained because they didn't respect my request. I asked them not to leave Donetsk (city). They decided they were smarter and could come here."
Even though Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman Yevhen Perebynis said on Wednesday that the separatists were holding the monitors from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, Ponomarev denied the allegations. He said that the monitors were not "exchange material" as he indicated that they were not held for swapping arrested separatists.
To contact the editor, e-mail:
Join the Conversation
- U.S and Canada Fighter Jets Chase Out Russian Jets Near Alaska: Air Space Violation Not Confirmed
- US-led Coalition Has Launched First Airstrike vs. ISIS in Syria – Pentagon
- G20 Summit in Nov: No Consensus to Bar Russia, Putin Open to Attend in Australia
- ISIS Used 'GTA 5' in Teen Recruitment Video, Violent Games Help Gain More Followers
- Chilling: Group Deadlier Than ISIS Had Risen
- Nexus 6, 8 Release Date is Halloween 2014 as Android L Intro Set for October 16
- Galaxy Note 4 vs iPhone 6 Plus: Better Performing Display and Best Overall Screen
- Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S5: Battle of the Samsung Flagship Smartphones
- Apple iPad Air 2, OS X Yosemite Release Date Set For October, While iPad Mini 3 With Retina Headed For 2015 Release
- Moto G 2014 v Asus Zenfone 5 – Specification Comparison Shows Zenfone 5 Is A Good Alternative for Moto G
- Android 5.0 L Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 Release in October, Google Employees Offer Hint
- Purported Xiaomi Redmi Note Successor Powered With Monstrous Processor Under Wraps, Will Take On Meizu MX4