Ukraine Army Helicopter Shot Down

Ukraine Army Helicopter Shot Down

BBC – The Ukrainian military says one of its helicopters has been shot down by pro-Russian rebels in the east, killing all nine people on board.

It says the Mi-8 helicopter was hit by a rocket shortly after take-off outside the rebel-held city of Sloviansk.

It comes a day after the rebels vowed to observe a ceasefire until Friday, in response to a government peace plan.

But Ukraine’s president said he may end it due to “constant violation by rebels who are controlled from abroad”.

A statement from Petro Poroshenko’s office said “the head of state does not exclude that the ceasefire regime may be revoked ahead of schedule”.

In a further sign that the truce might be unravelling, Alexander Borodai, leader of the self-styled Donetsk People’s Republic which is defying the Ukrainian government, said that in his view there was no point keeping to the ceasefire.

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