Wednesday 20 June 2018

For Ukraine's dead

, June 18, 2014

Pro-Russian separatists transport empty coffins intended for bodies of dead fighters near the regional administration headquarters in Luhansk, on June 18. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signalled on Wednesday he aimed to put a pro-Western and business-friendly stamp on his leadership and set out peace proposals for the rebellious east involving a unilateral ceasefire by government forces. A spokesman for government forces, Vladyslav Seleznyov, said in the course of fierce exchanges of fire near the small town of Schastye in Luhansk region more than 30 separatist fighters had been "killed and wounded". Three soldiers had been killed on the government side and 9 wounded, he said. The figures for separatist casualties could not be independently confirmed. But a Reuters journalist in Luhansk saw rebels loading empty pine coffins onto a lorry which then joined a convoy heading to Schastye. Reuters/Shamil Zhumatov

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