- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 29, 2014

Pro-Russian rebels shot down a military helicopter in eastern Ukraine Thursday, killing a senior general and 13 others as tense fighting continues in the region.

The BBC reported that although President-elect Petro Poroshenko has promised to take down “bandits” in eastern Ukraine, deadly struggles continue in towns such as Sloviansk, where separatists used a Russian-made anti-aircraft system to take down the chopper.

The attack killed Gen. Serhiy Kulchytskiy, the chief of combat and special training for Ukraine’s National Guard, the BBC said.

The British news service also reported that separatists have shot down two other army helicopters this month.