At least 14 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed and dozens more injured after an attack on an army outpost ahead of Sunday's nationwide elections. The Associated Press reports that pro-Russian insurgents attacked the troops at a border checkpoint in Donetsk, where separatists have voted for independence from the rest of the country, killing at least 11 Ukrainian soldiers and wounding 30:
AP journalists saw 11 bodies scattered around a checkpoint near the village of Blahodatne, 30 kilometers (20 miles) south of the major city of Donetsk. Witnesses said more than 30 Ukrainian troops were wounded when the insurgents attacked and that some of them were in grave condition. Three charred Ukrainian armored infantry vehicles, their turrets blown away, and several burned trucks were seen at the site.
The BBC has since reported the death toll at 14:
The AP adds that the Ukrainian Defense Ministry confirmed that the attack had taken place, but didn't comment on the number of casualties sustained.
A rebel commander told the AP that he was responsible for the attack, showing journalists the weapons he had seized from the Ukrainian troops and adding, "People living in western Ukraine: Think about where you are sending your brothers, fathers and sons, and why you need any of this."
Ukraine's interim Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk called for an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council, saying he has proof that Russia was involved in the violent episode.