Ukrainian Troops Defend Donetsk Airport as Truce WaversUkraine’s military fought off waves of separatist assaults on the Donetsk airport today, destabilizing a cease-fire that kept violence and casualties in check for most of last month.
The rebels suffered “many” casualties, Andriy Lysenko, a spokesman for the Ukrainian military, told reporters in Kiev. Government forces are under continued shelling and lost one serviceman in the past 24 hours, while the airport remains under the control of Ukrainian forces, he said. There was no independent confirmation of the figures for separatist deaths.
Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko, who helped broker the Sept. 5 truce, told Euronews TV he’s ready to send troops as peacekeepers and rebuild trust “between Russia and the West.” A Swiss citizen working for the International Red Cross was killed in the Donetsk region, Agence France Press reported, without providing any more details immediately.