This was stated by head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov, commenting on the downed helicopter in eastern Ukraine, Censor.NET reports, citing Russian Interfax. "President announced that he could stop the truce earlier when the helicopter was shot down. It's a tragedy, of course, and it should be avoided," the Russian diplomat said to reporters. However, he noted that "people become violent in eastern Ukraine due to many months of fighting when they have to keep up positions around the cities where civilians live."
"The military helicopter flies if there is a need to deliver medicines, some food, something else from civil staff. Communication channels should be used probably. And they are available there," Lavrov said. He agreed that there are different losses at war. As you know, terrorists downed Ukrainian military helicopter Mi-8 at Mount Karachun near Sloviansk. 9 people died thare. The militants also attacked the fortified positions of the ATO forces. Two soldiers were killed and three more were wounded. Poroshenko ordered to cease fire for a week to all units of the Armed Forces, the National Guard and the Border Guard Service.
On Monday, the militants agreed to a ceasefire until June 27, after the talks with a representative of Ukraine, Russia, and terrorist organizations LPR and DPR. Poroshenko ordered Ukrainian servicemen to open fire without hesitation in response to the terrorist attacks on June 24 due to the fact that the militants continue to attack. Censor.NET previously reported that there were Security Service officers in a helicopter downed near Sloviansk.