A gun battle started at 1 p.m. and lasted for 30 minutes near the Donetsk department of the Security Service of Ukraine, according to Donetsk Maytor Oleksandr Lukyanchenko, who provided no other information. It has been occupied by pro-Russian separatists.
Russian-backed militants in the city have been using stolen ambulances to move personnel and to transport weapons and ammunition, stated counter-terrorism spokesperson Vladyslav Seleznyov. “Using vehicles with red crosses on the sides contradict morality and human ethics,” said Seleznyov.
The developments come after two days of fighting in the city on May 26-27 during which Ukrainian forces freed the Donetsk International Airport from whom they call “terrorists.” Some 45 separatists were killed in the fighting. The airport sustained heavy damage and has not reopened, although the nearby railway station is operating. Separatists also remain lodged in the regional government center.