Twelve Ukrainian nationalist fighters killed in separatist ambush

KIEV Wed Aug 13, 2014 9:54am EDT

1 of 7. An armed pro-Russian separatist points at a bus riddled with bullet holes at a checkpoint on the outskirts of Donetsk, August 13, 2014. Twelve Ukrainian nationalist fighters, battling a pro-Russian insurgency in eastern Ukraine, were killed early on Wednesday and an unknown number taken captive when rebels ambushed their bus, a spokesman for their group said.

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KIEV (Reuters) - Twelve Ukrainian nationalist fighters, battling a pro-Russian insurgency in eastern Ukraine, were killed early on Wednesday and an unknown number taken captive when rebels ambushed their bus, a spokesman for their group said.

The separatists opened fire on the bus, that was taking the men to fight just outside the rebel-held city of Donetsk, at the nearby village of Mandrykino, said a spokesman for Right Sector, extreme nationalists who are supporting government forces.

"They were taking part in a military operation early this morning near Donetsk and were ambushed. Twelve Right Sector fighters were killed," spokesman Artem Skoropadsky told Reuters.

It was the group's biggest single loss of life since violence erupted in Ukraine's Russian-speaking east in April, he said.

The unit had run into separatists unexpectedly because a government forces' push against the rebels in the last few days had moved them from their usual positions, he said.

"We have suffered terrible losses. We will avenge this," Right Sector leader Dmytro Yarosh said on his Facebook page.

Video footage from the scene showed the bodies of several fighters dressed in combat fatigues lying near a bus pock-marked on the outside by bullet holes and its windows shattered.

Right Sector played a big role in Kiev street protests early this year that toppled former Moscow-backed president Viktor Yanukovich in February, setting off a confrontation with Russia and sparking the worst Russia-West crisis since the end of the Cold War.

(Reporting by Natalia Zinets; Writing by Richard Balmforth; Editing by Louise Ireland)

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lub wrote:
Right Sector are neo-nazis not nationalists. Check out Wikipedia.

Aug 13, 2014 4:20am EDT  --  Report as abuse
geot2 wrote:
There has been a concerted effort in Western press to minimize the Right Sector in government. This will burst that. And again, should Right Sector make a counter move. Almost, the same will be true when the government does.

Aug 13, 2014 5:23am EDT  --  Report as abuse
geot2 wrote:
There has been a concerted effort in Western press to minimize the Right Sector in government. This will burst that. And again, should Right Sector make a counter move. Almost, the same will be true when the government does.

Aug 13, 2014 5:23am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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