May 27, 2014
More than 50 self-defense fighters and as many civilians have been
killed since Ukrainian troops stepped up their offensive in the region
on Monday, according to the PM of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s
Republic, Aleksandr Boroday.
“We’ve lost more than 50 self-defense fighters,” Boroday said, as cited by RIA Novosti. “Many
of the casualties are a result of two Kamaz trucks having been shelled
by the Ukrainian army. The trucks were driving the wounded from the
battlefield near the airport. Around 15 people died there.”
Boroday spoke to journalists next to a morgue in Donestk where identification of the bodies is under way.
“Two of our Kamaz trucks were fired at from the air and from an
ambush on the ground. Shooting the wounded runs contrary to all
international conventions,” Boroday added.
He said the significant number of casualties could be explained by
extensive use of air force by the Ukrainian military on Monday.
Chairman of the Donetsk People’s Republic Supreme council, Denis
Pushilin, also estimated that around 100 people might have been killed
by Ukrainian troops.
It’s still “impossible to pick up all of the dead bodies as snipers are shooting at anyone who tries to come near them,” Pushilin said.
City Council, however, puts the number of casualties at 40, with the
official statement released by its press office saying that “two civilians and 38 fighters died.”