Ukraine: Petro Poroshenko Vows to Crush Rebels

BBC – Ukraine’s President-elect Petro Poroshenko has vowed to punish “bandits” after pro-Russian rebels shot down an army helicopter, killing 12.

“These criminal acts of the enemies of the Ukrainian people will not go unpunished,” he was quoted as saying by the Unian news agency.

The helicopter was shot down near the eastern city of Sloviansk. An army general was among those killed.

Sloviansk has seen fierce fighting between the rebels and Ukraine’s army.

Russia has reiterated calls for Ukraine to stop its military campaign against the pro-Moscow rebels and “start a real national dialogue”.

In a separate development, Ukraine, Russia and the EU are due to open a new round of talks in Berlin on resolving a growing dispute over Moscow’s gas supplies to Kiev.

Russia’s Gazprom has threatened to cut off gas supplies to Ukraine if it fails to pay its huge debt.

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