30+ Pro-Russian Separatists Killed

    Ukrainian troops guard at the check-point near eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk on May 5, 2014. Four Ukrainian troops were killed and 30 wounded in intense fighting around the rebel-held town of Slavyansk on May 5, the interior ministry said. The ministry added that the pro-Russian gunmen controlling the town were using civilians as human shields and were shooting from houses, some of which were on fire. It said there were civilian casualties but did not provide a toll. AFP PHOTO / SERGEY BOBOK        (Photo credit should read SERGEY BOBOK/AFP/Getty Images)

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    At least 30 pro-Russian separatists were reportedly killed on Monday as the Ukrainian government ramped up its efforts to reclaim the city of Slovyansk. Some reports say as many as 34 are dead. At least four Ukrainian soldiers were killed in gun battles with pro-Russian forces. Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov posted this information on Facebook on Tuesday, adding that pro-Russian forces were using large-caliber weapons and mortars. The clashes marked Ukraine’s latest and most ambitious attempt to regain control of the eastern cities that fell to pro-Russian insurgents.

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