Ukrainian Rebels Battle Army in Ilovaisk

DONETSK, August 26. /ITAR-TASS/. East Ukraine self-defense fighters are battling with the pro-Kiev troops for control of the town of Ilovaisk and the settlements of Yelenovka (Olenovka) and Yasinovataya, the local news agency Novorossiya reported on Tuesday. Commander of the pro-Kiev Donbass battalion Semyon Semenchenko said on Tuesday that the Ukrainian military had been encircled by the militias in the area of Ilovaisk near Donetsk. “As a result of three strikes, the settlements of Starobeshevo and Kuteinikovo have been blocked. Ultimately, another group of the Ukrainian armed forces retreated and the entire grouping became encircled,” Semenchenko wrote in his Facebook page. The Ukrainian troops trapped in Ilovaisk include “units of the National Guard’s Donbass battalion, the Interior Ministry’s Dnepr, Kherson, Svityaz and Mirotvorets battalions, and also a composite company of the 93rd and 17th brigades of the Ukrainian armed forces,” Semenchenko said.