SHOTS FIRED IN SLAVYANSK
Ukrainian Troops Under Fire from Pro-Russians
By Harold Hutchison
Shots were fired by Ukrainian troops who were attempting to clear pro-Russians from a Slavyansk police station that had been seized earlier. The incident comes as tensions continue to remain high after the Russian seizure of Crimea.
According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, about twenty individuals, who were heavily armed and wearing camouflage uniforms with no insignia, had occupied the police station in Slavyansk. Reports indicated that police had engaged with similar individuals in the towns of Kramatorsk and Krasny Liman.
According to reports cited by the Wall Street Journal, armored personnel carriers and helicopters were seen headed towards the city. The Ukrainians and Russians both use a number of Soviet-era designs, but both have developed designs since the fall of the Soviet Union.
In other developments, some Russian lawmakers were demanding that former Soviet premier Mikhail Gorbachev be prosecuted for treason for allowing the collapse of the Soviet Union. Russian President Vladimir Putin has stated that he felt the fall of the Soviet Union was a tragedy.