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Sloviansk’s people’s mayor Vyacheslav Ponomarev said the accident was not combat in the direct meaning of the word. Extremists opened fire at unarmed people not at a roadblock but on a road in the middle of the village. “People blocked the way to the Right Sector column and tried to talk with the militants. In reply, they got automatic gunfire,” he said.
Earlier reports said that the villagers had tried to prevent Right Sector gunmen from going towards Sloviansk, a scene of fierce fighting between militiamen and the Ukrainian regular army units, and formed a living chain across the road to stop trucks and armoured personnel carriers.
Initial reports said that one person had been killed and several dozen wounded. Later, the number of casualties increased.