- Title: UKRAINE: Pro-Russian fighter killed by Ukrainian troops buried outside Donetsk
- Date: 31st May 2014
- Summary: MAKIEVKA, UKRAINE (MAY 31, 2014) (REUTERS) FAMILY MEMBERS OF PRO-RUSSIAN FIGHTER VASILY BUROV STANDING NEXT TO COFFIN / MAN KISSING THE DECEASED FAMILY MEMBERS AND FRIENDS HOLDING WREATHS WREATHS FAMILY MEMBERS AND FRIENDS NEXT TO COFFIN FAMILY MEMBERS MEN IN CAMOUFLAGE UNIFORMS FIRING GUN SALUTE MEN LOWERING COFFIN INTO GRAVE CROSS FAMILY MEMBERS AND FRIENDS THROWING EARTH ON COFFIN EARTH BEING THROWN ON COFFIN RELATIVES AND FRIENDS THROWING EARTH ON COFFIN PEOPLE AROUND GRAVE
- Embargoed: 15th June 2014 13:00
- Location: Ukraine
- Country: Ukraine
- Topics: General
- Reuters ID: LVABVV0WQJVBPHD4GDA4FUYU7ZG4
- Story Text: 46-year-old Vasily Burov, a Pro-Russian fighter, was laid to rest on Saturday (May 31) in his hometown of Makievka east of Donetsk.
Family members, friends and separatist fighters gathered at a cemetery to attend the funeral ceremony.
Burov was killed on Thursday (May 29) in the town of Horlivka near Donetsk.
Wearing camouflage uniforms, Burov's fellow separatists fired a gun salute as his coffin was lowered into the grave.
The Donetsk region has been the scene of heavy fighting between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian separatists.
Scores were killed on Monday (May 26) in the city of Donetsk during clashes in and around the airport.
Ukraine's government vowed on Friday (May 30) to press ahead with a military offensive against separatists, despite a deadly attack on an army helicopter and amid increasing reports that volunteer fighters from Russia were involved in rebellions in the east.
President-elect Petro Poroshenko, who scored an overwhelming first-round victory in a poll on May 25, swore to punish those responsible for the shooting down on Thursday of the helicopter near Slaviansk, which killed 14 servicemen including a general.
Acting Defence Minister Mykhilo Koval, repeating charges that Russia was carrying out "special operations" in the east of Ukraine, said on Friday that Ukrainian forces would continue with military operations in border areas "until these regions begin to live normally, until there is peace".
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