Newscast Media KIEV—The Ukrainian interim government has sent an elite national
guard unit to the volatile port city of Odessa. The deployment on Monday is
reportedly part of efforts to take back control of the eastern and southern regions.
The move came after anti-government demonstrators in the Black Sea port city of
Odessa pledged to occupy official buildings three days after nearly 40 people were
killed in a fire at a trade union building allegedly set by pro-Kiev activists.
Earlier in the day, pro-Russian activists and Ukrainian troops clashed on the outskirts
of the country’s eastern city of Slavyansk.
Pro-Russian activists said more than 20 armed members were killed and 15 others
injured during the Ukrainian forces’ renewed crackdown on the pro-Russian stronghold
of Slavyansk on Monday.
In a statement, the Ukrainian Interior Ministry also said four government troops were
killed and 30 others wounded in the clashes.
On April 17, Kiev’s interim government together with the US, Russia and the European
Union reached an agreement in the Swiss city of Geneva, calling for all sides to ease
the ongoing crisis in eastern Ukraine.
Nevertheless, a few days later, the Kiev government ordered a re-launch of its
controversial “anti-terrorist operations” in the eastern and southern regions in a bid to
root out the pro-Russian demonstrations.
Pro-Moscow protesters continue to occupy a number of government, police and
other administrative buildings in a dozen cities and towns in the region, demanding
integration into neighboring Russia.
Source: Press TV