The Ukrainian Armed Forces, as well as Nazi militias and Anglosaxon mercenaries, have attacked the city of Slavyansk in the North of the People's Republic of Donetsk. At least three helicopters have been shot down by the popular militias and several people's checkpoint in the outskirts have been dismantled by the troops of the Kiev's Junta.
|Slavyansk militiaman by a fire barricade (RIA Novosti / Mikhail Voskresensky)|
It is unclear how will the popular militias, poorly armed and trained, stand up to the challenge of military invasion. The information on the ground is sketchy but artillery has been used and also commandos have been dropped by helicopters in the streets of Slavyansk.
There have been at least two casualties: a military helicopter pilot and a self-defense militiaman. The injured pilot of another downed helicopter, Capt. Savulyov, was abandoned by his troops, who took his gun and helicopter and run away.
English-speaking mercenaries (probably from the USA) and Nazi militias of the Pravy Sektor are taking part in the operation on the Junta's side.
Self-defense troops using walkie-talkies have picked up English speech,” [the head of Slavyansk's self-defense force] told Ria, claiming this was “direct evidence of the participation of foreign citizens in the punitive operation being carried out in Slavyansk”.
The city is besieged and nobody is allowed in or out of the city by the attackers. Communications work poorly.