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by Stephen Lendman
Monday, Apr. 21, 2014 at 7:44 AM
Kiev Breaks Easter Truce
by Stephen Lendman
On April 19, Kiev putschists pledged no Easter weekend Eastern Ukraine attacks. They promised "suspension of the active phase of the anti-terrorism operation" to defuse crisis conditions.
A state security service (SBU) spokeswoman said suspension was "linked to the implementation of the Geneva agreement and the Easter holidays."
Putschist Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsia added:
"The anti-terrorist operation was put on hold for the Easter time, and we will be not using force against them at this moment."
A day earlier, he said "more concrete actions" will follow next week if activists don't stop resisting. He demands unconditional surrender.
Protesters remain firm. They want their fundamental rights respected. They want local autonomy. They want real democracy.
They reject Kiev putschists. They're illegitimate. They demand they resign.
At the same time, earlier deployed neo-Nazi Right Sector thugs attacked Slavyansk activists.
Reports indicate six killed - four residents and two gunmen. Rossiya-24 TV said:
"Three residents of Slavyansk were shot dead by unidentified gunmen who attacked a block-post in the north of the town. Another person was wounded and is in hospital in critical condition."
"Several cars drove up to the block-post and then those inside the cars open fire. Self-defense fighters promptly arrived at the scene and returned the fire, killing two attackers."
Activists seized two cars. Evidence inside was incriminating. It included Right Sector paramilitary emblems, military uniforms, a machine gun, other weapons, plastids, smoke pellets, US-made night vision devices and aerial photograph maps.
According to RT International, 26 local residents manned the checkpoint attacked. They were unarmed. They had bats alone for protection.
"As (they) ran from the checkpoint, a group of 20 protesters with firearms were called from their camp in the city," said RT.
"They opened fire on the attackers, killing two of them and sending the rest running, according to a Life News report."
Casualties may rise. Gunmen retreated to a nearby forest. Hunting for them continues.
They may have planned attacking an activist-held TV tower, said RT. It's encircled on maps found in their cars.
Separately, other gunmen attacked residents in central Slavyansk. Two injuries were reported. Both victims are hospitalized.
In response to Saturday's violence, activist leaders ordered a midnight to 6AM curfew.
On April 17, Russian, US, EU and Ukrainian foreign ministers met in Geneva. Discussion focused on deescalating Ukrainian crisis conditions.
A joint document was agreed on. It's meaningless. It's not worth the paper it's written on. It calls for all sides to end "violence, intimidation o
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