Some 300 radical youth threw eggs, stones, and explosives at the Russian embassy building in Kiev on Saturday, Itar-Tass reports, breaking nearly every window on the premises, overturning and burning embassy cars and spray-painting them with swastikas, and tearing down the Russian flag, replacing it with Ukraine’s. The media is reporting the attack as a response to the downing by anti-Kiev militias of a Ukrainian military transport plane near Lugansk airport, which killed all 49 on board. The pro-fascist Kiev government was quick to blame Russia for the attack on the plane.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Andrii Deshchytsia addressed the crowd, calling Russian President Putin “a dickhead,” which led to strong protest by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Aleksei Pushkov, the head of the international committee of the Russian Duma, denounced the attack as pre-planned: “It was not a spontaneous, but a thoroughly planned action… Otherwise, how come the attackers had explosives?” And the Russian government presented a resolution to the UNSC denouncing the attack, but it was blocked by the UK, the US, and France, according to Itar-Tass.
Ukrainian President Poroshenko, meanwhile, called the 49 dead soldiers “heroes,” and announced that the Ukrainian Army was now, “for the first time,” going on a “counteroffensive… Our military has begun to press the terrorists. I have assigned the Armed Forces the top-priority objective of securing control over the state border of Ukraine, across which the terrorists receive weapons, machinery, reinforcements, and money.” He also claimed that seven “columns” of vehicles were stopped in attempts to cross the border into Ukraine, including with “the destruction of several tanks, APCs, and a rocket-launcher.”
As Poroshenko spoke, 100 people, militias and civilians, were killed in Schastye, a suburb of Lugansk, by Ukrainian Armed Forces bombing.
Russian TV reports that 13,500 refugees crossed from Ukraine into Russia’s Rostov Region in the past 24 hours, as a full-blown humanitarian emergency takes shape in the region.