Wednesday 20 September 2017

Ukrainian troops destroy two pro-Russia military bases

The head of the local police station Herman Pristupa, brandishes firearms at the entrance to a police headquarters stormed by pro-Russian activists in Horlivka, Ukraine last month
The head of the local police station Herman Pristupa, brandishes firearms at the entrance to a police headquarters stormed by pro-Russian activists in Horlivka, Ukraine last month

Ukrainian troops have destroyed two military bases of pro-Russia insurgents in operations overnight, authorities said.

Acting president Oleksandr Turchynov told parliament that the army destroyed a base outside the town of Kramatorsk, 95 miles west of the Russian border.

In another operation, he said troops destroyed an insurgent base in the nearby city of Slovyansk. Ukraine's defence ministry said there were no casualties.

Insurgents have seized government buildings across eastern Ukraine, fought the Ukrainian military and declared independence as the nation's crisis spilled over from a political meltdown into a military confrontation.

The Ukrainian government yesterday hosted the first round of talks intended to resolve the crisis, but ruled out meeting representatives of the insurgents.

Press Association

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