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Fighting erupts on outskirts of rebel-held Slaviansk

Monday, May 05, 2014 - 01:23

May 5 - Ukrainian officials say pro-Russian separatists ambushed forces on outskirts of Slaviansk, leaving an unknown number killed. Nathan Frandino reports.

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As pro-Russian separatists maneuver into position outside Slaviansk, gunfire echoes in the distance. Ukraine's interior minister said on Monday that separatists had ambushed Ukrainian forces, leaving an unknown number killed. The fighting there is getting closer to the separatists' stronghold in the city. In Kiev, officials admit that they are struggling in the fight. (SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian) UKRAINIAN SECURITY SERVICE (SBU) SPOKESPERSON, MARYNA OSTAPENKO, SAYING: "The intensity of pro-Russian forces is not decreasing. The situation remains tense and separatists are strengthening their activities towards the destabilization of the situation in Ukraine's east." Back in Slaviansk, residents are trying to resume normal lives. However, with heavy fighting on their doorsteps, one resident was determined the city would defend itself against Ukrainian forces. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) SLAVIANSK RESIDENT, ALEXEI, SAYING: "If they storm, honestly, I have a sharpened shovel at home and I'll come out with it. I don't have a machine gun. I asked, but they wouldn't give me one. We have very few weapons. We are unarmed. But people will come out. My wife, who is Russian by the way, will come out too." The fighting comes after a weekend of violence that left dozens dead in Odessa.

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Fighting erupts on outskirts of rebel-held Slaviansk

Monday, May 05, 2014 - 01:23