While terror attacks around the world have gained much of our attention, the chaos and violence in Ukraine cannot be ignored – turmoil that will see The Fellowship continue to provide Freedom Flights to the country’s Jews. The Guardian’s Shaun Walker reports that at least eight people were killed today when a commuter bus was hit with a mortar from the ongoing battle between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists:
A new attempt to create a lasting ceasefire in eastern Ukraine was left in tatters in just a matter of hours, after a trolleybus in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk was apparently hit by mortar fire. Conflicting reports put the death toll at between eight and 13.
The trolleybus in Donetsk had all its windows blown out, with pools of blood on the floor. There was also major shrapnel damage to a nearby building.
“I saw dead people on the floor, and injured women screaming for help,” said Ivan, a 74-year-old who lives in the building next to the blast. He had a cut face from his windows, which had been blown out by the explosion. “It was a scene of total chaos…”
The deaths came after Ukrainian forces admitted they had lost control of Donetsk airport late on Wednesday, and foreign ministers of Russia and Ukraine agreed as a meeting in Berlin to move artillery back from the frontline.