"What ye sow ,so shall ye reap".The "chocolate soldier" spurned Pres.Putin's olive branch and desire for talks to end the UKR crisis,sent in his dogs of war,sowed the "wind" and is now "reaping the whirlwind". It was inevitable that the use of air power by the UKR junta would eventually see MANPADS used by the independent forces of the east. The inevitable end result.The "chocolate soldier" will melt in the heat of his own making.Putin will simply flick him off the board like a fly!
The Germans and Euro-Peons do not want their cheap gas supplies disturbed,Putin has shown that he has another huge buyer in the east,China and if supplies are worked out with India too,esp. in any barter deal,US desired sanctions will end up like a damp squib. The UKR armed forces are not geared up for a fight against their own people in the east,even if they're pro-Russian.The chocolate soldier has to depend upon the fascists,neo-Nazis and western mercenaries and CIA agents.It is quite likely that some of the 14 killed aboard the helicopter were US/western mil "advisors",the tooth will out soon.Expect more whirly birds and vultures of the UKR air force to hit the dust.http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/m ... -slavyanskUkraine military helicopter shot down by pro-Russia rebels over Slavyansk
Kiev says 14 people on board killed as leader of insurgent-held city says held OSCE monitors will be released imminently
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world ... 52672.html
Alec Luhn and agencies in Donetsk
theguardian.com, Thursday 29 May 2014
Vyacheslav Ponomarev, the self-proclaimed 'people's mayor' of Slavyansk, said the OSCE monitors were safe. Photograph: Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP
A Ukrainian military helicopter has been shot down by rebels over Slavyansk amid heavy fighting around the insurgent-held city in eastern Ukraine.
Ukraine's acting president, Oleksandr Turchynov, said 14 people on board, including an army general, were killed when the helicopter was shot down on Thursday. He told the parliament in Kiev that rebels used a portable air defence missile to down the aircraft.
An Associated Press reporter witnessed the helicopter being shot down. It was not immediately clear exactly where it fell.
Slavyansk has become the centre of fighting between pro-Russia insurgents and government forces in recent weeks. The city, located 100 miles (160km) west of the Russian border, has seen constant clashes and its residential areas have often come under mortar shelling from government forces, prompting some residents to flee.
The Kiev government has condemned the insurgency in east Ukraine as the work of "terrorists" bent on destroying the country and blames Russia for fomenting it. Moscow denies the accusations, saying it has no influence over rebels, who insist they are only protecting the interests of the Russian-speaking population of the east. However, fighters from Russia, including the battle-hardened region of Chechnya, have been appearing recently in the ranks of the separatists.
A tense standoff developed on Thursday afternoon outside the Donetsk regional administration building, which pro-Russian rebels have been occupying since April. The dispute between locals and a group including many volunteers from Russia appeared to be a sign of growing divisions within the rebel camp.
Armed and masked men of the Vostok Battalion, including a large contingent of Russians who were greeted as heroes when they appeared in Donetsk on Sunday, arrived at the building in cars, a van and a fighting infantry vehicle. They set up a perimeter around the barricades and trained their machine guns on the regional HQ, while snipers appeared briefly on a nearby apartment building roof.
One of the commanders of the men outside the building who identified himself only as Maksim said they had come to resolve a dispute about looting.
"Negotiations are taking place," he said. "I can't say how they will end."
Klavdia Kulbatskaya, a spokeswoman for the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic, said the Vostok Battalion men were "checking" rebels from the Donbass People's Militia who had been accused of looting yesterday. She denied there was a power struggle between different rebel groups and didn't know what punishment could be meted out to the violators.
"It's purely a struggle against looting," she said.
Pro-Russian rebels and local citizens in Donetsk began to bury their dead on Thursday after vicious fighting with Ukrainian government forces on Sunday and Monday.
Morgue workers and rebels outside the Kalinin morgue said more than 50 people had been killed in the fighting near the Sergei Prokofiev airport outside the city. At least one civilian was reportedly killed in the crossfire, but most of those dead were volunteer fighters from Russia, including members of a group from the Chechen republic, where Russia put down two bloody insurgencies in the 1990s and early 2000s.
A member of the Vostok Battalion said 33 Russian citizens had been identified among the dead. Thirty coffins were stacked outside the morgue. Alexander Borodai, the prime minster of the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic, told journalists that the 33 bodies would be taken in a convoy to be buried in Russia.
The Vostok Battalion fighter, a Russian citizen who identified himself only by his nickname, "Ram," said he had known several of those killed. He accused Ukrainian forces of shooting at civilians and said heavy losses at the airport had only hardened the rebels' resolve.
"No one is talking about surrendering. They've gotten angry, and this will be reflected in battle," he said, adding that the rebels' ranks were growing.
A group of residents took the body of Mark Zveryev, 43, a taxi driver who was killed with pro-Russian forces near the airport on Monday, to a local cemetery to be buried. Zveryev left behind a wife, a teenage son and a teenage stepdaughter, according to friends.
Tatiana Kozodavenko, a nursery school teacher who previously taught Zveryev's stepdaughter English, said tragedies such as his death were further inflaming feelings the Kiev government, which many locals already view with deep mistrust.
"Anger is growing," she said. "First there was bewilderment and disbelief, but it's now turning into anger."
Also on Thursday, an insurgent leader in eastern Ukraine who said his fighters were holding four observers from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe promised that they would be released imminently.
Vyacheslav Ponomarev, the self-proclaimed "people's mayor" of Slavyansk, told AP the monitors – who were from Turkey, Switzerland, Estonia and Denmark – were safe.
"I addressed the OSCE mission to warn them that their people should not over the coming week travel in areas under our control. And they decided to show up anyway," Ponomarev said.
"We will deal with this and then release them," he said, without setting any specific time frame.
The OSCE said it lost contact with one of its four-man monitoring teams in Donetsk on Monday evening. Rebels have previously kidnapped military observers working under the auspices of the OSCE.
The OSCE observers were deployed to Ukraine to monitor the security situation following Russia's annexation of Crimea and a pro-Russia separatist insurgency that has engulfed regions in the east of the country. They also observed Sunday's presidential vote, won by billionaire confectionery magnate Petro Poroshenko.
Poroshenko, who is due to be inaugurated by 8 June, has promised to negotiate with people in the east, where insurgents have seized government buildings and fought government troops for a month and a half. But he also vowed to continue a military operation to uproot the armed rebels and bring it to a quick end.
In the most ferocious battle yet, rebels in Donetsk tried to take control of its airport on Monday but were repelled by Ukrainian forces using combat jets and helicopter gunships. Dozens of men were killed and some morgues were overflowing on Tuesday. Some insurgent leaders said up to 100 fighters may have been killed.
The mood in Donetsk was calm on Thursday, although many businesses have stopped opening their doors for fear of renewed fighting.
Pro-Russia separatists have declared the Donetsk and Luhansk regions independent of Ukraine. They have pleaded to join Russia, but Vladimir Putin has ignored their appeal in an apparent bid to defuse tensions with the west and avoid a new round of western sanctions.
The Russian president has supported an OSCE peace plan that calls for ending hostilities and launching a political dialogue. Russia also said it would be ready to work with Poroshenko, but strongly urged the Ukrainian government to end its military operation in the east.
Chechnya's Moscow-backed leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, on Wednesday rejected allegations he had sent his paramilitary forces to Ukraine, but said he could not stop fellow Chechens acting on their own accord and joining the fight.
Rebels in eastern Ukraine have shot down a government military helicopter amid heavy fighting around the eastern city of Slovyansk, killing 14 soldiers including a general, Ukraine's leader said.
Acting President Oleksandr Turchynov told the parliament in Kiev that rebels used a portable air defence missile to down the helicopter and said General Volodymyr Kulchitsky was among the dead.
Slovyansk has become the epicentre of fighting between pro-Russia insurgents and government forces in recent weeks. Located 100 miles from the Russian border, it has seen constant clashes and its residential areas have regularly come under mortar shelling from government forces, causing civilian casualties and prompting some residents to flee.
An Associated Press reporter saw the helicopter go down and the trail of black smoke it left before crashing. Gunshots were heard around Slovyansk near the crash site and a Ukrainian air force jet was seen circling above. It was too dangerous to visit the site itself.