Pro-Russian separatists in Slaviansk vow to keep fighting
Tuesday, May 06, 2014 - 01:33
May 6 - The fight for the eastern Ukrainian city of Slaviansk continues to unfold, despite mounting losses - mostly on the side of pro-Russian separatists. Nathan Frandino reports.
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A day after suffering heavy losses in Slaviansk, pro-Russian separatists are not backing down.
(SOUNDBITE) (Russian) SLAVIANSK SEPARATIST DMITRY SAYING:
"The People's Militia of Donbass will never surrender. We will fight to the very end. None of the guys from militia planned to leave and will not leave. We will fight to the end. The very name of the town of Slaviansk speaks for itself - Slavs. And Slavs do not surrender."
Ukrainian officials said more than 30 separatists were killed in fighting on Monday.
In Kiev, the Ukrainian security service chief was quick to lay blame.
(SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian) UKRAINIAN SECURITY SERVICE (SBU) CHIEF VALENTYN NALYVAICHENKO SAYING:
"We confirm that there are foreign soldiers from the Russian Federation, foreign soldiers from the territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and local criminals who illegally possess weapons and shoot our people."
In Slaviansk, barricades sit on nearly every block.
Residents are on edge.
Some are turning towards prayer and their northern neighbor.
(SOUNDBITE) (Russian) SLAVIANSK RESIDENT ELLA SAYING:
"All that is left for us is hope - hope for God, hope for common sense, kindness. And kindness is of course Russia. You know what we say: there is God in the skies and Russia on the ground. We will be together, spiritually."
Monday's fighting left four Ukrainian servicemen killed and 20 wounded.
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