Four Ukraine soldiers killed in Slovyansk clashes

Monday, May 05, 2014

Casualties reported among pro-Russian separatists in renewed 'anti-terror' offensives

Casualties reported among pro-Russian separatists in renewed 'anti-terror' offensives

SLOVYANSK, Ukraine – Four Ukrainian soldiers were killed in clashes with pro-Russian separatists near the eastern city of Slovyansk on Monday, government sources said.

Pro-Russian gunmen used heavy weapons to resist a renewed 'anti-terror' operation, in which three casualties reported among separatists.

According to official data, the clashes left at least 60 people from both sides injured.

Ukrainian defense ministry said a military helicopter was shot down during the clashes, but pilots survived.

Government buildings and police stations in several eastern Ukraine cities are in the hands of armed pro-Russian groups as government forces continue operations.

Kiev has accused Russia for the occupation of buildings while Russia denies responsibility.

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