KIEV (Reuters) – A passenger bus came under heavy fire in eastern Ukraine, killing 12 people, Ukrainian authorities said, and fighting inten-sified around the international airport in the city of Donetsk as separatists tried to oust go-vernment forces.
The latest violence flared on Tuesday after Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany scrapped plans for a summit in Kazakhstan this week because of the failure to implement a four-month-old ceasefire agreement.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko con-demned the bus attack as an act that “chilled the heart” and blamed it on the forces of the separatist Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Re-publics.
“These deaths are on the conscience of the DNR and LNR gangs and on those who stand behind them,” he said, promising to sign a decree on Wednesday on more troops for the front.
But his comments aroused indignation on Wednesday among some Ukrainians seeking tougher action against the separatists.
“The terrorists fire on a bus with pensioners, kill children, shoot volunteers and torture them in cellars and we say simply that we are ‘ready’,” wrote Oksana Zinovieva, a spokeswoman for Kiev mayor Vitaly Klitshchko, on her Facebook page.
“We have been trying to convert readiness into action for too long already.”