April 11, 2021 – 23:03
A Ukrainian soldier was killed and another wounded Sunday in a series of shootings with Russian-backed rebels as tensions rise sharply on the country’s eastern border.
Ukrainian authorities have announced that 27 soldiers have been killed in the region alone this year. The news comes after shocking images were spread on social media where Russian tanks, missiles and armored vehicles were being transported by freight trains to Crimea and near the disputed Donbas region.
A senior Kremlin official said Russia would mercilessly crack down on anyone who endangers its citizens in the Donbas region, adding that such a move could bring an “end” to Ukraine. On the other hand, the Turkish authorities have claimed that the Pentagon has requested permission to cross the Bosphorus Strait for two of their warships, which will be headed to the Black Sea. According to Turkish authorities, US ships will remain in the area, so close to the Ukrainian conflict in Donbass, until early May, at least until now.