Two Ukrainian Azov Sea ports, Berdyansk and Mariupol
, are effectively under blockade by Russia as vessels are being barred from leaving and entering, Ukraine's infrastructure minister, Volodymyr Omelyan, said on Thursday.
Almost Holy is a documentary about the work of Pastor Gennadiy Mockhnenko of Mariupol
Ukrainian military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said two government troops were killed and seven others injured in the fighting, which concentrated around the insurgent-stronghold of Donetsk and near the government-controlled port city of Mariupol
KIEV, Ramadan 04, 1436, June 21, 2015, SPA -- Two Ukrainian servicemen have been killed and six wounded in the past 24 hours in separatist eastern territories, the Ukrainian military said on Sunday, describing an increase in fighting near the strategic port city of Mariupol
, Reuters reported.
Kiev said the latest skirmishes took place near the bombed-out shell of Donetsk airport, which the rebels control, as well as in Shyrokyne, a village near the southeastern port of Mariupol
remains in government hands.
As the Ukrainian army retreated from the shattered town, the Kiev government worried that that the rebels may continue their advance to threaten Mariupol
, a highly strategic port of 500,000 people that is the biggest city still under government control in the two rebellious eastern provinces.
"Weآ're not going to sit there and be part of this kind of extraordinarily craven behaviour at the expense of the sovereignty and integrity of a nation." He went on to accuse Moscow of "continuing to do land grabbing in Ukraine," adding that, after Kiev officials' claimed that Russia has supplied separatists with artillery in the city of Mariupol
, "what is happening with respect to Mariupol
even now is just simply unacceptable." Kerry's remarks come as calls are being made for the US and the EU to supply the Ukranian army with weapons to help them in combatting the separatists' advances.
Kiev/Sakhanka (Ukraine): Pro-Russian separatists are building up forces and weapons in Ukraine's south east and the Ukrainian military said on Saturday it was braced for the possibility of a rebel attack on the port city of Mariupol
. The Kiev military accused Russia on Friday of sending more tanks and troops towards the rebel-held town of Novoazovsk, further east along the Sea of Azov coast from Mariupol
, expanding their presence on what it fears could be the next battlefront.
The separatists were reportedly also using tanks to attack the southern city of Mariupol
Their opponents have since pressed forward and gained ground, advancing in the direction of the port city of Mariupol
in the south of the Donetsk region.
The port city of Mariupol
- which lies on the Azov Sea and is between mainland Russia and the Russia-annexed Crimean Peninsula - was targeted.