Pro-Russian separatists have fired a big barrage of Grad rockets at Ukrainian troops in the eastern region of Luhansk, killing as many as 30. Russian BM-21 Grad multiple launch rocket system launches rockets during military exercises in the southern Russia’s Volgograd region, on April 2, 2014. © AFP
A rocket strike in the east Ukrainian region of Luhansk has killed up to 30 soldiers, Ukrainian officials say, blaming it on separatist rebels.
They said a barrage of Grad rockets had been fired by the rebels. Such weapons are classed as heavy artillery weapons, fired in batches from trucks.
Unconfirmed reports put the Ukrainian death toll as high as 30, with dozens more wounded, near Zelenopillya.
Elsewhere, the rebels shelled Ukrainian troops at Donetsk airport.
Zoryan Shkyryak, an adviser to Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, gave details of the Zelenopillya rocket attack: “So far, the information available speaks of up to 30 dead. The number of casualties may increase.”
The rebels, he said, had used a Grad system and the destruction was “really heavy”.
A motorised brigade from Lviv, western Ukraine, was targeted in the rocket attack, the Ukrainian news website Unian reports.
The rebels have regrouped in Donetsk as the Ukrainian military has retaken territory in the country’s east. The rebels have not yet broken through to the airport. Continue reading