Poroshenko, while killing own people, blames Russia.
Russia has repeatedly denied Ukrainian and Western accusations that it is providing troops and equipment to the rebels.Russia’s foreign ministry said it was “hard to believe that such statements can be made by the defence minister of a civilised state”.
Ukraine’s army said it had been forced to withdraw from Luhansk airport after it was attacked by Russian tanks. Until now, they have been unable to supply any proof of their accusations.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said the incident was “direct, overt aggression against Ukraine from the neighbouring state”.
The retreat came amid a series of gains by pro-Russian rebels in both the Luhansk and Donetsk regions, and further south around the port of Mariupol.
As many as 680 soldiers had been captured by rebels in recent clashes around Donetsk, according to state news agency UNIAN.
A senior Ukrainian official told the AFP news agency that Russia’s goal is to “destabilise [Ukraine] and create a land corridor to Crimea”, the southern peninsula annexed by Russia in March.
But Russian President Vladimir Putin said Europe was ignoring the Ukrainian military’s “direct targeting” of civilians in eastern Ukraine.
Rebels seeking special status
The latest round of crisis talks got underway in Belarus on Monday but after several hours of negotiations, they were adjourned until Friday.
“This is just the beginning of the process,” Andrei Purgin, a leader of the Donetsk People’s Republic rebel group, told Russian TV.
Rebel representatives are said to have softened their demand for full independence, telling Russian media they were seeking a “special status” for their regions within Ukraine.
This would leave them in charge of security and give them amnesty from prosecution, while also recognising “deepening economic integration with Russia”, the rebels said.
Correspondents say their demands would mean the de facto division of the country, with the government in Kiev looking to secure closer economic ties with the EU.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, meanwhile, said he was counting on the talks to focus on “agreeing an immediate and unconditional ceasefire”.
Still there is unrest and killings in Donetsk.
Extensive war crimes in Donbass committed by Poroshenko and his army of murderers from July 27 to August 14, 2014. Kiev’s warmongers/Zionists continue genocide of civilian population of Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics. Most of the footage and interviews you will see in this documentary film have never been shown on mainstream media of any country including Russia and Ukraine.