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Kramatorsk airfield in eastern Ukraine is covered with smoke spreading over the area according to numerous videos emerging online. Explosions are heard in near the site.
There is a big amount of conflicting reports saying what is causing the explosions.
According to witnesses, the airplane of Kiev military crashed in the airfield.
Alec Luhn @ASLuhn Column of Armed People Advancing on Ukraine's Slaviansk – Eyewitnesses en.ria.ru/world/20140425… via @ria_novosti 15 mins ago 3 retweets | 2 replies
#Ukrainian base of special forces near #Sloviansk came under fire of terrorists (link tracking not allowed)/1igi9Ux @EspresoTV | EMPR
#BREAKINGNEWS CONFIRMATION BY UKRAINE'S #SBU: A SINGLE SNIPER SHOT HIT THE FUEL TANK OF A MIL MI-8 IN #KRAMATORSK,CAUSING ITS EXPLOSION.
uacrisis @uacrisis 2m
This moment, #Ukraine's antiterr.op. is blocking #Slovyansk city to localize terrorists and cut them off from #Kramatorsk-Pashynskyi,PresAdm
Douglas Herbert @dougf24
Truckload of Ukrainian special forces setting up mobile checkpoints on highway in Izyum region. Moving in direction of #Sloviansk #Ukraine
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#Russia holds *drills* within 1km of #Ukraine border, feat. *peacekeeping* Grad MLRS #RussianInvasion #UkraineWar pic.twitter.com/DGfUDpJLxk
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Sanctions with "larger consequences" could be used against Russia should #Ukraine crisis escalate further - Obama bbc.in...
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#Ukraine - Entrance to airport #Kramatorsk with ukr. soldiers 'No comment for exploded helicopter' - via @DEmmerich pic.twitter.com/04Nx3Fadb4
This is related to the wife of one of the missing Munitsypalnoy newspaper .
"My husband Tim Murahovskiy , with his two colleagues, Andrew and lip Alykynыm Sergei yesterday during a trip to Kharkiv disappeared. According to data from their phones in the building yesterday vidskanuvalysya Slavic SBU, which is controlled by the separatists at Slovyansk Street . Karl Marx , 32. Probably all three are held hostage . Ready to provide information to all interested media. It needs the widest publicity ! ! My contact number 0505573322 Larissa " - said in her statement posted on social networks .
According to Larisa nor her husband nor his colleagues have no relation to politics. They deal with transportation and went purely on a business trip .
@BSpringnote: Separatists using a Taliban move. They now say they shot down Ukrainian MI-8 using an RPG at Kramatorsk airport
1/2 Details on terror squad,which attacked #Kramatorsk airport: 6 men unit, driving UAZ jeep without plates, moving on top of high rise...
ConflictBreakingNews @MiddleEast_BRK 55s
2/2 ...building in "Park Street" of the town yday even,stood there overnight. Fired 3 "house shaking" shots vs. helicopter and left the area.
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Some more infos. Jeep had written "Militia Donbass" on its side and locals ID group as "little green men".
This is reported by eyewitnesses .
According to the residents of a house , had a few shots and they were made from the roofs of the latest ( top ) high-rise buildings along the street of Park . They heard three shots from which literally shook the whole house. By the way . According to the SBU , no sniper weapons such shake his house would not have caused .
Immediately after the shooting, six men dressed in camouflage , but without masks on their faces, came out of the house , quickly got into the UAZ and a couple of cars with no license plates and left. UAZ was the one that recently confiscated invaders in the city police department , and then repainted it and wrote on it " Militia Donbass". In the hands of " little green men " , in addition to weapons , has been swept up a skein of wires , which were expressed as tenants , was like a little " winch ."
It is noteworthy that the terrorists are located on rooftops yesterday evening . Low former police UAZ stood under one of the entrances , and all the tenants saw him perfectly , but could not think what it came to terrorists . And just this afternoon, they opened fire with a pre- prepared positions . Fastest expected when the helicopter crew sit . Now in the yards of homes on the street. Park a lot of people in police uniform and civilian .
There seems to be a variety of reports about what actually caused the helicopter to explode.
@StateOfUkraine: #Kramatorsk:According to Def. Ministry preliminary version military helicopter Mi-8 was exploded as result of shelling from grenade launcher
The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, opens a preliminary examination in Ukraine
On 17 April 2014, the Government of Ukraine lodged a declaration under Article 12(3) of the Rome Statute accepting the jurisdiction of the International criminal Court (ICC) over alleged crimes committed on its territory from 21 November 2013 to 22 February 2014.
Upon receipt of a referral or a declaration made by a state pursuant to Article 12(3) of the Rome Statute, the Office of the Prosecutor, as a matter of policy, opens a preliminary examination of the situation at hand. Accordingly, the Prosecutor of the ICC, Fatou Bensouda, has decided to open a preliminary examination into the situation in Ukraine in order to establish whether the Rome Statute criteria for opening an investigation are met. Specifically, under Article 53(1) of the Rome Statute, the Prosecutor shall consider issues of jurisdiction, admissibility and the interests of justice.
Special Forces unit “Alpha” refused to execute the order to attack Slovyansk
During the execution of the anti-terrorist operation near Slavyansk today, fighters of “Alpha” did not engage in the fight.
The editor of the Censor.net Yuriy Butusov writes about this on his Facebook page.
“Today, the main anti-terrorist unit in Ukraine, Special Forces unit “Alpha” DID NOT engage in the battle with the terrorists in Slavyansk. Under the bullets went only units of the National Guard, MIA, and the fighters of “Omega” were at the front. One of them was badly wounded in the neck. There was the order and it was executed by all units assigned to the liquidations of the terrorists block posts. Only “Alpha” did not execute the order,” – says Butusov.
“I will tell you another war secret – the Security Service of Ukraine does not undertake any combat operations against terrorists in Slavyansk. Generals Nalivaychenko and Krutov are surprisingly calm and restraint whilst managing not executing their duties. Acting commander of “Alpha” colonel Chovganuk did not have any reservations storming with “Alpha” the Trade Union building on Maidan, which was guarded by unarmed people. However, the anti-terrorist Special Forces do not dare to storm armed terrorists in Slavyansk, who killed their colleague captain Bilichenko and badly wounded two commanders of “Alpha,” – he added.
In particular , it is reported that the leader of a criminal gang "Bor" , 35 -year-old resident of Odessa , who has long lived in the Crimea , developed and posted on the Internet user "Plan interception properties " with specific recommendations armed resistance to the government.
SBU found that members of the extremist group were actually commissioned by one of the Russian TV channels , receiving financial reward for each action - creating the necessary Russian broadcasters "pictures".
The group distributed campaign materials aimed at the violent overthrow or change the constitutional order or the seizure of state power , committed all sorts of provocative actions and extremist acts provide guidance on the manufacture of so-called " Molotov cocktails ". In addition, they intimidate citizens who supported the activities Yevromaydanu , set fire to offices , homes , apartments, by car , shops.
The group used the methods of secrecy : fake state road numbers , conditional signals Balaclava mask- like.
On the night of April 20, the group attempted to set fire to one of Odessa's supermarkets.
SBU also revealed that attackers planned to organize provocations in Odessa on May 9. They met , they said , " cynically terrorize " veterans , later accused of the violent actions of pro-Ukrainian forces.
April 25 SBU detained five members of the criminal group while trying to set fire to " Molotov cocktails " office of one of the branches of JSC " PryvatBank ."
During the inspection of the car detainees seized firearms with ammunition , incendiary mixtures and residues video tools , which attackers recorded their illegal actions .