Scrolling news:

Eid moon sighting possiblities, Muslims in South Africa have declared Eid

Pakistan: More rain with thunder, lightening forecast in next 24 hours in Rawalpindi

Libya: US embassy evacuated after heavy violence

Palestine: List of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces between July 8 to July 27

Palestine: Two Palestinians beaten by Jewish mob in Jerusalem

Palestine: Reports show murder of 3 Israeli teenage settlers was not carried out by Hamas

Palestine: Remains of 85 Palestinians located under rubble of bombarded homes

Palestine: Ten Palestinians killed by Israeli forces in West Bank

Palestine: At least 15 kidnapped by Israeli forces from West Bank

Palestine: Palestinians pull over 140 bodies from under Gaza rubble, total killed 1000

Lebanon: Nasrallah: Israel on a path towards “suicide” in Gaza

Palestine: Two Palestinians killed as tens of thousands protest Israeli assault across West Bank

Palestine: Amid Gaza ceasefire calm, at least 40 dead bodies are found

Palestine: Entire 20 members of one family in Gaza killed prior to ceasefire, as death toll tops 940

Palestine: Seventeen killed in early morning hours of Friday

Palestine: Israeli forces invade Azzun in W Bank, use Palestinian civilians as human shields

Palestine: 931 Palestinians from Jerusalem & inside Israel taken captive in 3 Weeks

Saudi Arabia behind effort to disarm the Palestinian Resistance

Palestine: Civilian casualties continue to rise; 15 killed Thursday night

Palestine: Israeli attacks in Gaza kill 20 on Thurs afternoon

Ukrainian forces launch airstrike on Donetsk airport

27th May 2014
Ukrainian forces launch airstrike on Donetsk airport

 

 

Ukraine’s military has launched an airstrike on pro-Russian separatists who seized an airport in the eastern city of Donetsk. The country’s newly-elected president has indicated a willingness to hold talks with Moscow.

Machine-gun fire and explosions could be heard at the airport in Donetsk on Monday as black smoke billowed overhead. The attack was a rapid response from the military after the rebels stormed the airport earlier in the day in an apparent sign of defiance to Ukraine’s presidential election on Sunday.

Authorities issued an ultimatum for the rebels to leave. Military spokesman Oleksiy Dmytrashyvskiy said the army then launched an “anti-terror” operation after the expiry of that ultimatum. Fighter jets and attack helicopters strafed the area with heavy firepower, before paratroopers were flown in to recapture the airport.

Many flights to and from Donetsk, a city of one million, were delayed or canceled on Monday, and access to the airport was blocked by police.

The facility was evacuated and sealed off after gunmen claiming to be from the self-declared “Donetsk People’s Republic” showed up and demanded Ukrainian troops guarding the perimeter be withdrawn. The last scheduled flight was allowed to leave the airport at 7:00 a.m. (0400 UTC) and airport spokesman Dmytro Kosinov said he did “not know when we will be up working again.”

Poroshenko focuses on east

In Kyiv,  President-elect Petro Poroshenko said a day after winning election to Ukraine’s top political office that to achieve stability on the country’s restive east would require Moscow’s involvement.

“I hope that Russia will support efforts to tackle the situation in the east,”  the billionaire confectionary tycoon told a news conference, adding that Kyiv was ready to meet with separatists who had laid down there arms, but not “terrorists” who threaten the security of the state.

The pro-Western Poroshenko captured 54.33 percent of the vote  in Sunday’s election, according to official results with around 90 percent of ballots counted. International observers have hailed Poroshenko’s victory as a “genuine” election that was held freely and fairly.

 

Poroshenko has said his first step as president will be to travel to eastern Donbass industrial region, where pro-Russian separatists have seized government buildings, declared independence and fought with government troops.

Although he says “peace in the country and peace in the east” is his “main priority,” the president-elect told reporters that he wanted to continue Ukraine’s military offensive, but make it more “efficient.”

“I support continuing the operation, but I demand that its format be changed,” Poroshenko said. “It must be shorter in terms of time-frames and more efficient.”

dr/kms (AFP, AP, Reuters, dpa)

 

http://www.dw.de/ukrainian-forces-launch-airstrike-on-donetsk-airport/a-17664109

Leave a Comment

What is 10 + 6 ?
Please leave these two fields as-is:
IMPORTANT! To be able to proceed, you need to solve the following simple math (so we know that you are a human) :-)

Sectarianism in the Middle East and its rise in the UK, Standpoint, Sahar TV. Interview 29 May 2013 and aired on 12 June 2013


Latest Tweets

The Muslim News

awards

Awards for Excellence

Read more