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Weekend clashes leave at least one dead as Kremlin-backed separatists go on offensive
Kyiv Post ^ | May 19, 2014, 11:33 a.m. | Mark Rachkevych

Posted on 05/19/2014 5:13:39 AM PDT by WhiskeyX

Over the weekend, one Kremlin-backed separatist was killed, one wounded and an unspecified number were taken prisoner, including two Russian journalists, in clashes near Izium, Kharkiv Oblast, and Sloviansk and Kramatorsk in Donetsk Oblast, Ukrainian authorities say.

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The next day, Ukrainian forces foiled a plan to shoot at the airfield with portable air-defense systems. The pro-Russian rebels were disarmed, with an unspecified number taken prisoner, including two Russian journalists.

The Defense Ministry said that the portable air-defense systems “are not owned by the Armed Forces of Ukraine,” in a May 18 statement.

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The statement said that a group of “armed men approached the police headquarter behind a human shield of women and children.”

(Excerpt) Read more at kyivpost.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Russia
KEYWORDS: russia; separatists; ukraine

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