Missile attack kills 23 Ukrainian soldiers, Poroshenko vows vengeance

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko swore to “find and destroy” the perpetrators of a missile attack claimed the lives of 23 members of the Ukrainian military on Friday. The Ukrainian leader vowed to repay the death of each Ukrainian soldier with “scores and hundreds of” militant lives. Poroshenko swore to exact revenge on each and every one of the militants, and ensure that each of them is held responsible for the attack.

The presidential diatribe came on the heels of a volley of missiles that rocked a Ukrainian army border post at Zelenopillya, located in the restive Luthansk province, and wounded approximately 100 soldiers in addition the 23 dead. The attack appears to be a type of last-ditch effort to inflict maximum casualties on the Ukrainian army, which appears to be prevailing in the conflict with pro-Russia rebels. The attack represents the most lethal of all rebel strikes since the Ukrainian president elected to end a cease-fire agreement and reengage the rebels throughout the previously rebel-occupied provinces of Donetsk and Luthansk.

With the tide seeming to turn in favor of the Ukrainian military, armed rebel forces have retreated to the industrial city of Donetsk, where they have become entrenched and seem prepared for a final stand against the Ukrainian military. The inhabitants of the city, seemingly afraid of what a siege on Donetsk may bring, have begun to flee the city, with an estimated 70,000 already having left.

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