"We have lost five pilots, two paratroopers, an officer and a soldier of a territorial defense battalion," Koval said.
Earlier on Tuesday Rada-appointed acting president of Ukraine Oleksander Turchynov declared that the force operations in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions would continue. He also suggested that the organizers of the referendums in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, which took place May 11, should be criminally liable.
The death toll from the bloodshed in the Ukrainian Black Sea port city of Odessa has risen to 48. Rioting in Odessa began on May 2 when football fans arriving from Kharkov, eastern Ukraine, as well as activists from the radical Right Sector movement and members of the so-called Maidan self-defence forces from Kiev staged a march along city streets.