Ukrainian navy ships bob by the shore on a stormy, turbulent sea pass in Odessa's embankment, Ukraine, Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Sergei Poliakov)
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The president of the self-declared pro-Russian People's Republic of Donetsk claimed on Sunday French military "experts" were joining separatist forces battling government troops in eastern Ukraine.There are also "Serbs and Swiss" among the pro-Moscow militants who are fighting for "European and socialist ideals", Zakhartchenko claimed.He also said the separatists had launched an offensive against Ukrainian forces in the south of Donetsk -- the largest rebel-held city in Ukraine that has seen intense fighting in recent weeks.
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