11 Ukraine soldiers killed in clashes with militia near Slavyansk, Kramatorsk

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The people’s mayor of Slavyansk, Vyacheslav Ponomaryov, claims that Ukraine’s security forces suffered heavy losses during clashes with militiamen outside of Slavyansk and Kramatorsk, eastern Ukraine, on Wednesday evening.

“Eleven people were killed and 24 were injured on the adversary’s side. One person was killed on our side. The adversary keeps firing on Slavyansk and Kramatorsk all the time. They are not storming [the cities], but are trying to trigger panic among the population,” he said.

Both the militia and the civilian population of Slavyansk and Kramatorsk are “furious” with the Ukrainian Armed Forces for their constant attacks and provocations, Ponomaryov said.

“Our people are angry. They are prepared to resist the adversary using everything at hand. The adversary has driven the people to despair, and an ever-growing number of civilians are enrolling in the militia,” Ponomaryov said.

The Ukrainian security forces continue to strike against the outskirts of Slavyansk and Kramatorsk at the moment, he said.

“They are firing at the outskirts. They are using mortars, among other weapons. We have no other choice but to respond. Gunfire is underway in Slavyansk now, but it has already stopped in Kramatorsk,” he said.

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