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Breaking news – Military jet downed by anti-Kiev forces in Lugansk – Ukraine’s defense ministry

Anti-Kiev forces took down a Ukrainian military Il-76 jet as it was landing in Lugansk, the country’s Defense Ministry said. It did not provide details on casualties.

TSN.ua news website earlier reported that around 30 paratroopers were killed as self-defense forces hit the jet with a rocket.

The plane was transporting rotating military personnel and had “troops, machinery, equipment and food,” the ministry said in a statement.

The Il-76 is a heavy military transport aircraft that usually has a crew of seven and can transport up to 167 soldiers with weapons.

Meanwhile, shooting has resumed in Slavyansk and Kramatorsk in the Donetsk region as the Ukrainian military continues its crackdown on self-defense forces in the country’s east, a self-defense representative said.

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Most Ukrainian troops dispatched in Crimea switch to region’s side – sources

The majority of resigned Ukrainian armed forces dispatched to Crimea have switched to the side of local authorities and are expected to take military oath soon, Russian news agencies report.

Facts you need to know about Crimea and why it is in turmoil

Earlier, Ukrainian troops in Crimea were said to be resigning on a massive scale. Living quarters, weapons and ammunition have all been left under the protection of the so-called ‘self-defense forces.’

Letters of resignation have been coming in since early morning, as the self-defense forces continue to preserve order on the streets of Simferopol, RIA Novosti said citing own reporters on the ground.

Since Thursday, the city’s Supreme Council and a number of other buildings have been occupied and guarded by the self-defense forces run by the local population.

Crimea’s deputy prime minister, Rustam Temirgaliev, announced earlier that the Ukrainian armed forces have all but surrendered their military capabilities and that no active units remain in the Crimea.

“The entire Ukrainian armed forces stationed on the Crimean territory have been blocked – a number have been disarmed, while another big portion is switching to the Crimean side,” Interfax reported him as saying.

“The self-defense forces have taken control of the landing strips of all the Crimean airports and airfields,” Temirgaliev added.

The deputy PM said that that the region’s security services and emergency services now report to the local government, while self-defense forces control all the runways at Crimea’s airports and airfields.

The local government, Temirgaliev went on, will promise the ethnic Crimean Tatar minority a place in Crimea’s Supreme Council, adding that funding for programs of resettlement and reintegration of those deported during the Stalin era will be plentiful. The Crimean Tatars have been supporting the self-proclaimed authorities in Kiev.

Crimeans began protesting after the new self-imposed government in Kiev introduced a law abolishing the use of other languages for official documents in Ukraine. More than half the Crimean population are Russian and use only this language for their communication. The residents have announced they are going to hold a referendum on March 30 to determine the fate of the Ukrainian autonomous region.

via Most Ukrainian troops dispatched in Crimea switch to region’s side – sources — RT News.

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Breaking news – Ukrainian military resigning en masse in Crimea – reports

Ukrainian armed forces dispatched to Crimea have started resigning on a massive scale, Russia news agencies reported.

Living quarters, weapons and ammunition have all been left under the protection of the so-called ‘self-defense forces.’

Letters of resignation have been coming in since early morning, as the self-defense forces continue to preserve order on the streets of Simferopol, RIA Novosti said citing own reporters on the ground.

Since Thursday, the city’s Supreme Council and a number of other buildings have been occupied and guarded by the self-defense forces run by the local population.

Crimea’s deputy prime minister, Rustam Temirgaliev, announced earlier that the Ukrainian armed forces have all but surrendered their military capabilities and that no active units remain in the Crimea.

“The entire Ukrainian armed forces stationed on the Crimean territory have been blocked – a number have been disarmed, while another big portion is switching to the Crimean side,” Interfax reported him as saying.

“The self-defense forces have taken control of the landing strips of all the Crimean airports and airfields,” Temirgaliev added.

 

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وفاة جريح ترفع ضحايا تفجير بيروت إلى 7 قتلى

 دبي، الإمارات العربية المتحدة  (CNN)

 رفعت وفاة شاب لبناني متأثراً بجراح بالغة أصيب بها في تفجير وسط بيروت، الجمعة، عدد القتلى إلى سبعة، من بينهم وزير المالية الأسبق محمد شطح، الذي نددت الولايات المتحدة باغتياله، في حين دعت الأمم المتحدة كافة الأطراف اللبنانية إلى ضبط النفس

ونقلت الوكالة الوطنية للإعلام الرسمية أن:  “عدد ضحايا تفجير ستاركو ارتفع الى 7، مع وفاة الشاب محمد الشعار صباح اليوم، متأثراً بجروحه في مستشفى الجامعة الاميركية في بيروت

وأعلن رئيس الحكومة اللبنانية، نجيب ميقاتي، الأحد يوم حداد عام على محمد شطح، ودعا اللبنانيين للوقوف، في منتصف اليوم، خمس دقائق استنكارا لهذه “الجريمة النكراء”، طبقاً للمصدر

وكان وزير الخارجية الأمريكي، جون كيري، قد أدان بشدة “اغتيال” شطح، فيما أعرب الأمين العام للأمم المتحدة، بان كي مون، عن انزعاجه الشديد لأعمال الإرهاب المتكررة في لبنان، والتي تشكل تهديدا خطيرا لاستقرار البلاد واللحمة الوطنية

وحث كي مون جميع الأطراف اللبنانية، على ضبط النفس في هذا الوقت، وعلى دعم مؤسسات الدولة، وشدد على أهمية تقديم مرتكبي هذه الجريمة للمثول أمام العدالة