Ukraine Forces Kill Five Separatists

    A Ukrainian soldier jumps off an armoured personnel carrier at a checkpoint in the village of Malinivka, east of Slaviansk in eastern Ukraine April 24, 2014. Ukrainian forces killed up to five pro-Moscow rebels on Thursday as they closed in on the separatists' military stronghold in the east and Russia launched army drills near the border in response, raising fears its troops would go in.  REUTERS/Marko Djurica (UKRAINE  - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST MILITARY) - RTR3MH8L

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    In the pro-Russian town of Slaviansk, Ukrainian forces took back three checkpoints manned by armed separatists on Thursday, killing five in the process. “During the armed clash, up to five terrorists were eliminated,” Ukraine's interior ministry reported. Rebels occupying checkpoints in eastern Ukraine were supposed to disarm and return home after an international accord signed in Geneva last week. Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Kiev of “consequences” if the army is used against its own people.

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