Under et angrep på ukrainske militærstyrker i Mariupol i går kveld og i natt, ble tre pro-russiske opprørere drept, ifølge Ukraninas innenriksminister Arsen Avakov.
Overnight about 300 pro-Russian separatists attacked a military unit in Mariupol near the Azov Sea, throwing petrol bombs. Troops opened fire, killing three, Mr Avakov said.
The operation is continuing – Ukraine has sent in reinforcements including helicopters. There was no independent confirmation of his statement.
According to Mr Avakov, 13 of the attackers were wounded and so far 63 have been detained. He said none of the interior ministry troops had been killed.
Etter denne nye vendingen er det grunn til å tro at spenningsnivået øker i landet, som dermed risikerer å stå på terskelen til borgerkrig, med mindre det kommer noe ut av dagens toppmøte i Genève.
Angrepet føyde seg inn i en rekke av beslektede operasjoner:
Mariupol is in the far south of Donetsk region, where separatists have seized dozens of official buildings.
Ukrainian SBU special forces have gone to the aid of the interior ministry troops in Mariupol and armoured vehicles have gone into the city from places nearby, Ukraine’s Unian news agency reports.
Separatistene, eller de russiske spesialstyrkene, går ikke av veien for å utfordre ukrainske militære:
In the city of Kramatorsk, six military vehicles were commandeered by gunmen, who disarmed the Ukrainian soldiers and sent some of them home on buses.
Obama henger bjellen på katten, men er ellers vag:
«What I have said consistently is that each time Russia takes these kinds of steps that are designed to destabilise Ukraine and violate their sovereignty, that there are going to be consequences,» he said.