KIEV, Ukraine - A rocket attack by pro-Moscow rebels on a border post on Ukraine's border with Russia on Friday may have killed as many as 30 soldiers and border guards, an Interior Ministry adviser said. President Petro Poroshenko called an emergency meeting to discuss what could be the deadliest rebel attack on government forces since the Ukrainian military ended a unilateral cease-fire on June 30.
The pro-Russian separatists launched a volley of Grad missiles at around 5 a.m. on the border post at Zelenopillya, in Ukraine's easternmost Luhansk region, military sources said. "Up to thirty (were killed). It is not excluded that the number of victims will rise because these bloodthirsty scum despicably shot from Grad systems and there is destruction," Zoryan Shkyryak, an adviser to Interior Minister Arseny Avakov, told journalists. "I think a response will not be slow in coming after this bloody terrorist act." Kiev blames Moscow for fanning the violence and allowing fighters and high-powered weaponry to cross the frontier from Russia to Ukraine. The attack comes after government forces appeared to be gaining the upper hand in a three-month battle with separatists who have set up "people's republics" in the Russian-speaking east of the country and said they want to join Russia.
First published July 11 2014, 6:43 AM