Rebels shoot down Ukraine helicopter, 14 dead: acting president

KIEV Thu May 29, 2014 6:49am EDT

KIEV (Reuters) - Pro-Russian separatists on Thursday shot down a Ukrainian military helicopter in eastern Ukraine and 14 people on board, including a general, were killed, acting President Oleksander Turchinov told parliament.

"I have just received information that terrorists using Russian anti-aircraft missiles shot down our helicopter near Slaviansk. It had been ferrying servicemen for a change of duty," Turchinov said.

(Reporting by Natalia Zinets and Pavel Polityuk, writing by Gareth Jones)

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