Ukrainian troops have been withdrawn from the international airport of Lugansk, in eastern Ukraine, after holding fierce fighting with pro-Russian separatists in the grounds in the last hours. ” The Ukrainian military in front of it were ordered Lugansk and Lugansk retreated from the airport and the town of Gueórguievka ” admitted at a press conference the spokesman for the Council of National Security and Defense of Ukraine, Andrei Lysenko.
Fighting the airport grounds have continued practically no time since it was taken by the Ukrainian troops last June. An earlier military statement said the withdrawal of Ukrainian paratroopers who were fighting against a Russian tank battalion.
The significant removal of airfield Lugansk matches an escalation in the diplomatic front. The Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, said Monday that ” an immediate cease- fire and unconditional ” in eastern Ukraine should be the priority of the negotiations begin today in Minsk (Belarus) between the Government of Kiev and Moscow, with the mediation of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), according to Reuters. Although not officially been made public the contents of the talks between the two sides, the demands of separatists prorrussos have leaked via Twitter by the Russian news agency Ria Novosti. These include: a special economic status should be integrated with Russia but allows joining the Customs Union with Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan; Russian is recognized as an official language throughout the Donetsk and Lugansk region; This reconstruction after conflict elections for greater autonomy. This, according prorrusas sources in exchange for leaving the violence and restore peace in the region.
Russian Foreign Minister stressed that the United States and the European Union (EU) ” must demand to Kiev as well as in other conflicts demand: to end the use of heavy weapons and aircraft against the cities, against the civilian population, which does not destroy schools and hospitals, “according to EFE. Furthermore, according to the BBC, a group of American senators have expressed a desire to arm the Ukrainian forces to fight what they consider a Russian invasion. ” We must recognize that this is no longer a matter of an isolated separatist group, this is a direct invasion [ in Ukraine ] by Russia,” he told CNN Democrat and head of the Foreign Relations Committee of the Senate of the United States, Robert Mendez.
That same Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin has made a call to “common sense ” and called on the EU not to engage in “mutually destructive ” sanctions between the two blocks. ” I hope we can work together [referring to Russia and the EU ] and we do not beat each other,” said the president in an interview during a visit to Yakutsk, Siberia, where it has concluded the agreement to supply gas for China the next 30 years.
Lavrov during a meeting with students in Moscow, said that Ukrainian troops ” must leave the positions from which they can cause damage to the civilian population.” The foreign minister has insisted that there is “neither will be” military intervention in his country in Ukraine, and is adamant that ” there is only peaceful solution to this tragedy.”
The Russian Foreign Minister called on the West to talk and set aside the threat of sanctions, ” Let’s sit down and talk, and not we threaten to completely stay away penalties and demands of reality, like the militants surrender their weapons and stop massacre since the peace plan [ Petro ] Poroshenko boils down to that. “
Lavrov ‘s statement comes a day after Putin should urge to Kiev to sit with the separatists to negotiate peace and agree to give the eastern Ukrainian autonomy that takes into account the interests of the Russian-speaking.