`No survivors` in Ukraine refugee convoy attack; Govt blames pro-Russia rebels

An attack on a convoy of refugees in eastern Ukraine`s Luhansk has left no survivors, reports said Tuesday.

Updated: Aug 19, 2014, 18:22 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau

Kiev: An attack on a convoy of refugees in eastern Ukraine`s Luhansk has left no survivors, reports said Tuesday.

According to the BBC, that cited a rebel source, the attack on the convoy that was carrying women and children, killed all.

Soldiers recovered 15 bodies from the site of attack in Luhansk, where heavy fighting is on between the rebels and the government forces, Ukrainian military spokesman said.

The heavy fighting in the rebel-controlled territory is preventing the recovery of more bodies, an officer told reporters.

Ukraine government has accused pro-Russia separatists of attacking the civilians` convoy, a claim that the rebels deny.

The refugees were attacked with Grad rockets and other weapons imported from Russia as their convoy traveled on the main road leading from Russia to the rebel-held city of Luhansk, Col. Andriy Lysenko, a spokesman for Ukraine`s National Security Council, told reporters.

"Many people were killed, among them women and children," Lysenko said of the attack, which occurred between the towns of Khryashchuvate and Novosvitlivka. "We are not able to count the death toll at this point."

The road where Ukraine said Monday`s attack took place has been the scene of heavy fighting in recent days as Ukrainian forces try to seal off supply routes into Luhansk from Russia. It`s also the same road that would likely be the route taken by a controversial Russian aid convoy if Ukraine allows it into the country.

The war zone in eastern Ukraine is effectively off limits for journalists and lacks power in many places, limiting citizens from easily providing their own reports. All this makes independent verification impossible.

The United States condemned the attack, but said it was unable to confirm who was responsible.

Fighting between government troops and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine has forced nearly 344,000 people to flee their homes, according to the United Nations, a number that has only grown as the humanitarian situation in rebel-held cities deteriorates.
Running water and electricity have either been cut off completely in cities like Luhansk or are getting more limited by the day.
With Agency Inputs