Eleven Ukrainian servicemen killed as gunmen down helicopter, attack checkpoint near Sloviansk

Using surface-to-air missiles, pro-Russian insurgents shot down a Ukrainian military helicopter near Sloviansk late on June 24, breaking a ceasefire declared by the country’s president on June 20 and after a temporary peace deal was hashed out less than a day earlier by government and separatist representatives meant to last until June 27.

All nine people who were aboard the Mi-8 helicopter are feared dead, said Vladislav Seleznev, a spokesman for Ukraine’s anti-terrorist operation.

“Terrorists shot the helicopter down using MANPADS [man-portable air-defense systems], said military analyst and head of the non-governmental organization Information Resistance.

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