- Title: UKRAINE: Ukrainian troops blocked by locals near Kramatorsk
- Date: 16th April 2014
- Summary: PCHELKINO, NEAR KRAMATORSK, UKRAINE (APRIL 16, 2014) (REUTERS) UKRAINIAN APCS / SOLDIERS ON APCS UKRAINIAN SOLDIERS SITTING ON APCS TWO APCS WITH SOLDIERS STANDING ON TOP WOMAN APPROACHING, GIVING SOLDIERS FOOD VARIOUS OF UKRAINIAN HELICOPTER FLYING OVERHEAD/ APCS MOVING APCS MOVING IN FIELD UKRAINIAN HELICOPTERS FLYING OVERHEAD/ APCS STATIONARY APCS/ CIVILIANS APPROACH, TALK TO SOLDIERS, WOMAN WITH WATER APCS BLOCKED AT TRAIN STATION CIVILIANS STANDING TALKING TO SOLDIERS TWO UKRAINIAN FIGHTER JETS FLYING LOW OVERHEAD CIVILIANS STANDING AROUND
- Embargoed: 1st May 2014 13:00
- Location: Ukraine
- Country: Ukraine
- Topics: General
- Reuters ID: LVA6H9Y2Z09WTQFO97S9RQN0SC6D
- Story Text: Ukrainian troop carriers had their way blocked by locals in Pchelkino, as they were heading to the eastern town of Kramatorsk on Wednesday (April 16).
Government troops had driven armoured personnel carriers flying the Ukrainian flag into the town of Kramatorsk in the early morning after securing control of a nearby airfield from pro-Russian separatists on Tuesday (April 15).
Some local residents gathered around the vehicles, talking to the soldiers and offering them food as Ukrainian helicopters and fighter jets flew low overhead.
A Ukrainian government official said the Ukrainian Defence Minister was travelling to Kramatorsk to try to clarify the situation.
The Kiev government is seeking to reassert control slowly and without bloodshed before Thursday's (April 17) Geneva meeting at which the Russian and Ukrainian foreign ministers are due to meet in the presence of the United States and the European Union.
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