The bodies of 38 killed separatists and 2 civilians are being kept in the morgue in Donetsk, the capital of Ukraine’s most populous region.
A number of Donetsk residents joined groups of separatists and disappeared after yesterday’s special operation. Now their relatives are coming to identify corpses.
Many of the killed Russian-backed fighters were riding together in a truck when they were struck from above by artillery or rocket-propelled grenades from a Ukrainian army helicopter. The truck was destroyed, its bed contained pools of blood. Most did not have any documents, and it is difficult to establish their identities.
They wanted to seize Donetsk International airport to ‘knock the Right Sector out’, a wounded militant told journalists. According to him, some 100 separatists were kiled in the course of the operation.