Government forces went on to capture the south-eastern section of the city. The fighting in eastern Ukraine’s Donbas region is entering its fifth year.  This was meant to allow international experts to examine the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, which is located in Shakhtarsk Raion, where the fiercest battles had been taking place on the previous few days. The troops resisted by firing warning shots, and arresting one-hundred of the separatists.  Subsequently, the insurgents withdrew from many areas on the outskirts of the city, including Karlivka, Netailove, Pervomaiske, and the area around Donetsk airport.  A statement by the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine (NSDC) later said that Novoazovsk had been captured by "Russian troops", despite earlier denials by the Ukrainian government. Template:Ongoing military conflicts, This article is about the armed conflict in the Donbass region of Ukraine. "We are confident that these tanks came from Russia. According to these reports, the Vostok Battalion had rejected the authority of Igor Girkin.  The headquarters of the ROA is located in an occupied Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) building in Donetsk city. Russia called the reports "another fake piece of information. , People queueing for water in Donetsk, 22 August 2014, Insurgents pushed into Novoazovsk on 27 August.  Insurgents confirmed that they had obtained three tanks, but leaders refused to elaborate on how they acquired them; one militant told reporters that they originated "from a military warehouse. From the beginning of March 2014, demonstrations by pro-Russian and anti-government groups took place in the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts of Ukraine, together commonly called the "Donbass", in the aftermath of the 2014 Ukrainian revolution and the Euromaidan movement. The nearest insurgent artillery positions were beyond the range of this area. , Early in the morning on 7 May, the National Guard retook the city administration in Mariupol after heavy fighting with insurgents overnight.  The week before the "invasion", Russia had been shelling Ukrainian units from across the border, though instances of cross-border shelling from Russia had been reported since mid-July. These forces include the Donbas Battalion, Azov Battalion, Kharkiv Battalion, and Oleh Lyashko's militia. , On the day after the tank incursion, three soldiers were killed when they were ambushed by insurgents in Stepanivka.  Forty-one Ukrainian soldiers deserted their posts and went to the insurgent-controlled Izvaryne border crossing, where they told insurgents that they refused to fight against their "own people". , Unrest in Luhansk Oblast began on 6 April, when approximately 1,000 activists seized and occupied the SBU building in the city of Luhansk, following similar occupations in the cities of Donetsk and Kharkiv.  A report by Human Rights Watch said "Anti-Kiev forces in eastern Ukraine are abducting, attacking, and harassing people they suspect of supporting the Ukrainian government or consider undesirable...anti-Kiev insurgents are using beatings and kidnappings to send the message that anyone who doesn't support them had better shut up or leave". Donbass, unlike much of Ukrainian director Sergey Loznitsa’s previous work, is a feature film, not a documentary. , Attempts to seize the Donetsk Regional State Administration (RSA) building began since pro-Russian protests erupted in the eastern and southern regions of Ukraine, in the wake of the 2014 Ukrainian revolution. Sixty percent of Slavic Heart’s clients – mostly women – have lost most or all of their income since quarantine measures were imposed, said Kyrkach. Separatists had earlier seized vast quantities of munitions from the captured border post. The vice-president of the Donetsk People's Republic, Maxim Petrukhin, was killed in the fighting, and president Denis Pushilin was wounded. , In a further blow to the insurgents, government forces retook the stronghold of Sloviansk on 5 July. Between fifteen and thirty-five insurgents were killed in a single incident, when two lorries carrying wounded fighters away from airport were destroyed in an ambush by government forces.  Government forces closed in on Luhansk and Donetsk cities on 3 August. , Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk awarding Donbas Battalion volunteers, 1 September 2014, A Ukrainian patrol boat in the Sea of Azov was hit by shore-based artillery fire on 31 August.  They said these vehicles were marked with "white circles or triangles", similar to the white armbands seen on the captured Russian paratroopers earlier in the week.  They said that at least twenty-five were killed while in hospital at Krasnyi Lyman.  Meanwhile, two T-72 tanks entered Donetsk, and a skirmish erupted at a military checkpoint in Luhansk, lasting two days. The Moscow Times reported that the two men had been executed for "breaking their oath to the Donetsk People's Republic". , Two separatists were killed in a skirmish with Ukrainian border guards on 31 May.  The politician, Volodymyr Rybak, was found dead near Sloviansk after having been abducted by pro-Russian insurgents.  A column of armoured vehicles crossed into Ukraine from Russia near Novoazovsk on 25 August.  Two "referendums" were announced, one on 11 May to determine whether the region should seek some form of autonomy, and a second scheduled for 18 May to determine whether the region should join the Russian Federation, or declare independence.  On the same day, DPR prime minister Alexander Borodai said that he wanted to resume ceasefire talks.  Despite these advances by the Armed Forces, the border with Russia was not secured. DPR-affiliated insurgents blamed the Ukrainian government for the disaster, whereas the government blamed Russia and the insurgents.  According to Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko, the war will be known in history of Ukraine as the "Patriotic War".  Also, an unnamed Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) priest attempted to negotiate with separatists near Druzhkivka, but was later killed after being shot eight times. , Militants attempted to seize the police headquarters in Horlivka on 12 April, but were halted.  Soon after these demands were issued, the Ukrainian National Guard issued an ultimatum to the separatists, asking them to surrender.  RIA Novosti reported that eighty National Guard members subsequently surrendered to the insurgents, whilst the National Guard issued a statement that said "there have been losses both in the ranks of the military unit and the attacking side.  On the following day, the Russian Defence Ministry said these soldiers crossed the border "by accident".  Protesters barricaded the building, and demanded that all arrested separatist leaders be released. The barricade outside the Donetsk RSA, with banners displaying anti-western slogans. Over the next few days, fighting continued around Donetsk International Airport, whilst Donetsk city itself came under heavy shelling. A convoy of refugees from Luhansk was hit by Grad rockets near the village of Novosvitlivka. Destroyed terminal at Luhansk airport, 4 September 2014, The ceasefire was broken multiple times on the night of 6–7 September, and into the day on 7 September.  As these demands were not met, the activists held a meeting in the RSA building, and voted in favour of independence from Ukraine.  Concurrently, Donetsk police said the insurgents had killed two policemen in the nearby town of Horlivka. genocide, air defence, War in Donbass, Ukrainian Air Force, Horlivka, Donetsk Peoples Republic, Luhansk Peoples Republic, Sukhoi Su-27, Mil Mi-24, Armed Forces of Ukraine, Sukhoi Su-27, Mil.  The pro-government volunteer Donbas Battalion, trapped in the city for days by the insurgents, accused the Ukrainian government and Armed Forces of "abandoning" them. , Mykhailo Koval, the Minister of Defence, said on 30 May that Ukrainian government forces had "completely cleared" the insurgents from the southern and western parts of Donetsk Oblast and the northern part of Luhansk Oblast.   The headquarters of the DPR in Donetsk city were also shelled. Fighting was concentrated in the northwestern districts of Kyivsky and Kuibyshevsky, and also near the central railway station and airport, leading local residents to seek refuge in bomb shelters, or to flee the city.  Some members of the local police unit defected to the Donetsk People's Republic earlier in the day, whilst the remaining offices were forced to retreat, allowing the insurgents to take control of the building. , In response to the spread of separatist control throughout Donetsk Oblast, and the refusal of the separatists to lay down their arms, Turchynov vowed to launch a military counter-offensive operation against insurgents in the region on 15 April. Skirmishes between the troops and local demonstrators caused the city administration building to light on fire. On December 2, the Russian Permanent Mission to the UN held a Formula Arria Security Council meeting on the implementation of the Minsk Agreements for the conflict in eastern Ukraine. 28% said that such a conflict could happen in the future. Between six and twenty militants were killed, along with one police officer.  By 11 April, the Prime Minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, said that he was against the use of "law enforcement" at the time, but that "there was a limit" to how much the Ukrainian government would tolerate.  "I cannot object to them, since Slavyansk considers Russia its elder brother and we will not fight with Russia," she said of the militants.  Russia denied these reports.  In another incident, several hundred residents of the village of Pchyolkino, south of Sloviansk, surrounded another column of fourteen Ukrainian armoured vehicles.  Other volunteer battalions, such as the Azov and Dnipro, left Ilovaisk after encountering heavy resistance.  There are at least 200 insurgent-affiliated Serbian volunteers fighting in Ukraine. Amidst pressure on this new third front, government forces retreated westward toward Mariupol.  At least five soldiers died in the fighting to capture the town, which is a strategic railway junction on the main road between Donetsk and Luhansk cities.  Another sixteen people died overnight, and at least sixty were wounded.  The defence ministry of Russia denied the existence of any such convoy.  Liga.net, citing a source involved with the government military operation, reported that over 400 insurgents were killed in action, but that the higher figures reported earlier could not be confirmed.  It reportedly had 100 members at the time of its founding, including locals and Russian volunteers.  Shelling began again in the Kyivsky, Kirovsky and Petrivsky districts of Donetsk city.  It was agreed that there would be an exchange of all prisoners taken by both sides, and that heavy weaponry should be removed from the combat zone. Russian officials blamed the Armed Forces of Ukraine for the shelling, whilst Ukraine denied responsibility and accused insurgents in Donbass of having staged a false flag attack.  Donbass insurgents interviewed on 27 May admitted that there were sixteen fighters from Ossetia operating around Donetsk for at least two months prior.  The Armed Forces deployed both air and artillery strikes in their attempts to rout the insurgents.  Attack helicopters were also used by government forces. , Lugansk People's Republic-affiliated insurgents attacked a Ukrainian National Guard unit in the early hours of 28 May.  Human Rights Watch said that Ukrainian government forces, pro-government paramilitaries, and the insurgents had used unguided Grad rockets in attacks on civilian areas, stating that "The use of indiscriminate rockets in populated areas violates international humanitarian law, or the laws of war, and may amount to war crimes".  It is a reserve component of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, and a light infantry force.  Two insurgents told CNN reporters that these were Chechen volunteers. , Unmarked separatist militants seized the Donetsk office of the Ministry of Internal Affairs on 12 April without resistance.  The weapons sent are said to include: a column of three T-64 tanks, several BM-21 Grad multiple rocket launchers, and other military vehicles.  NATO commander Brig.  Following the takeover, local police announced that they would co-operate with the activists. , The Donetsk-based steel magnate Rinat Akhmetov called on his 300,000 employees within the Donetsk region to "rally against separatists" on 20 May.  The intense combat across Shakhtarsk Raion forced a party of Dutch and Australian policemen to call off an attempt to investigate the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Luhansk was reported to be "virtually surrounded", with little electrical power or water supply available.  Head of the Security Service of Ukraine Valentyn Nalyvaichenko said that the events of 22 August were a "direct invasion by Russia of Ukraine".  The National Guard base fell after guardsmen ran out of ammunition.  Three armoured personnel carriers and several lorries were destroyed in the attack, whilst one insurgent was killed.  Eight sailors were rescued from the sinking boat, whilst two crew-members were missing.  Elsewhere, insurgents recaptured the town of Yasynuvata after a retreat by government forces. Ukraineball, angry at Crimeaball, was enraged and … Thirty bodies were repatriated to Russia after the fighting. In the most significant incident since the start of the ceasefire, seven Ukrainian soldiers died on 29 September when a tank shell struck the armoured personnel carrier that they were travelling in near Donetsk International Airport. , Internal Affairs ministry spokesman Zoryan Shkyriak said that over 1,000 pro-Russian insurgents were killed in the first day following the resumption of hostilities. According to Donetsk city administration, eleven houses were damaged in Petrivsky, and at least one man was injured.  At least twenty civilians were killed in the shelling of Luhansk, according to a statement by the city administration.  The SBU is the main intelligence service of Ukraine. Arsen Avakov, the Minister of Internal Affairs, said on 9 April that the separatist problem would be resolved within forty-eight hours, through either negotiations or the use of force. After a brief lull following the insurgent withdrawal from the northern part of Donetsk Oblast, fighting continued to escalate sharply in the eastern parts of Donetsk Oblast. , Burning block of flats in Shakhtarsk, 3 August 2014, Fighting and shelling continued around Donetsk on 8 August, with several civilians killed or injured.  In response to the attack, Ukrainian president Poroshenko said that "For every life of our soldiers, the militants will pay with tens and hundreds of their own". Four people were killed at Marinka, a western suburb of Donetsk city, after rockets struck an insurgent-held area of the city. The War in Donbass is an armed conflict in the Donbass region of Ukraine.From the beginning of March 2014, protests by Russian-backed anti-government groups took place in the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts of Ukraine, commonly collectively called the "Donbass", in the aftermath of the 2014 Ukrainian revolution and the Euromaidan movement.  27 border guardsmen were killed in these attacks, and 185 were injured. Zloi channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqE9JfJFnmGWjF2NKZ-J5zA I am glad to present you the campaign "Pain of Donbass". A Ukrainian Air Force Ilyushin Il-76MD was shot down by forces aligned with the Lugansk People's Republic on 14 June.  The streets emptied, and insurgents erected barricades across the city to control traffic.  The OSCE published a report on the next day, stating that based on "limited observation", they believed that the explosion was caused by an airstrike, verifying separatist claims.  Insurgents attacked government positions in Shchastya, and along the River Seversky Donets in Luhansk Oblast.  These areas included Makiivka, Telmanove, Debaltseve, Petrovske, near Mariupol, Yasynuvata, and Donetsk International Airport, all of which saw intense fighting. Timeline of the war in Donbass (January–March 2015) Timeline of the war in Donbass (July 2015–present) Timeline of the war in Donbass (July–September 2014) Crossings were reported to have occurred both in areas under pro-Russian forces control and areas that were not under their control, such as the south-eastern part of Donetsk Oblast, near Novoazovsk.  The aircraft was preparing to land at Luhansk International Airport, and was carrying troops and equipment from an undisclosed location. "There are grounds to affirm that Russian terrorists funnelled on to the territory of Ukraine are being organised and financed through the direct control of the Kremlin and Russian special forces," the ministry said. , Heavy fighting continued in Luhansk Oblast on 11 July. After a brief lull following the insurgent withdrawal from the northern part of Donetsk Oblast, fighting continued to escalate sharply in the eastern parts of Donetsk Oblast.  On the following day, the Vostok Battalion arrived in Donetsk in a convoy of eight lorries, each filled with twenty soldiers. According to the Defence Ministry of Ukraine, the ROA has been in conflict with another pro-Russian militia, the Vostok Battalion, which accused the ROA of looting, and of avoiding combat. " Konstantin Mashovets, a former Ukrainian Defence Ministry official, said the tanks had likely been seized by Russian forces in Crimea before making their way into mainland Ukraine.  Some news agencies, such as the Information Telegraph Agency of Russia and Reuters, interpreted this statement as meaning that Ukraine was in a state of "civil war". , Donbas Battalion training group near Kiev, The Armed Forces of Ukraine are the primary military force of Ukraine, and have taken a leading role in countering DPR and LPR forces.  DPR and LPR leaders said that they retained their desire for full independence from Ukraine, despite these concessions.  A number of the Vostok insurgents were killed at the Battle of Donetsk Airport. After the clashes, pro-Russian forces built barricades across the city center. , Separatist militants took control of the city administration building, police offices, and SBU building in Sloviansk, a city in the northern part of Donetsk Oblast, on 12 April. , Following its annexation of Crimea, Russia intervened in different ways throughout the war in the Donbass region. Donbas Battalion in Donetsk region, 9 August 2014, Dmytro Yarosh (right), Right Sector's leader, meets Semen Semenchenko, Donbas Battalion commander, July 2014, Several pro-Ukrainian paramilitaries, called "territorial defence battalions", have been formed, and have fought against the Donbass People's Militia and other insurgent groups.  Fighting continued in Shakhtarsk. Clashes broke out between insurgents and the Armed Forces along the border with Russia in Shakhtarsk Raion on 16 July. If this is an uprising by the Donetsk People's Republic, what are foreigners doing here? , Donetsk People's Republic activists took control of the city administration building in Mariupol on 13 April.  Members swore allegiance to Igor Girkin ("Strelkov"), insurgent and Minister of Defence of the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic. " At least one separatist and one soldier died in the fighting. Reports and statements by the US State Department repeatedly accused Russia of orchestrating the April unrest across eastern and southern Ukraine. Fighting between insurgents and government forces across the Donbass region continued "constantly" over the course of the day. Ukrainian army self-propelled field gun firing in Donbass.  The cities of Dzerzhynsk, Soledar, and Rubizhne were also recaptured by government forces. Pro-Russian protesters occupied the Donetsk RSA from 1–6 March, before being removed by the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU).  On the same day, insurgents in Luhansk said that they had taken control of Luhansk International Airport. Insurgents who had been holed up in the town of Stepanivka made an attempt to escape encirclement by government forces at 05:00. , Clashes at the Donetsk International Airport continued on 10 July. Grad rocket attacks were launched against government forces garrisoned at Vesela Hora, Kamysheve, and also Luhansk airport. Gen. Nico Tak said on 28 August that "well over" 1,000 Russian soldiers were operating in the Donbass conflict zone.  According to a statement released by the OSCE on the day after the conference, all parties agreed that the fighting had "subsided in recent days", and that the "situation along 70%" of the buffer zone was "calm".  Elsewhere, Ukrainian forces retreated from Novosvitlivka after being attacked by what they said were "Russian tanks".  The Cossacks claim that it is their faith in Cossack brotherhood, Russian imperialism, and the Russian Orthodox Church that has driven them to take part in the insurgency with the aim of conquering what they perceive as "historically Russian lands.  In August, Igor Druz, a senior advisor to pro-Russian insurgent commander Igor Girkin, said that "On several occasions, in a state of emergency, we have carried out executions by shooting to prevent chaos.  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