Ukrainian forces say they reclaim town near Slaviansk
Friday, July 04, 2014 - 01:00
After heavy fighting, Ukraine's says it regains control of town near Slaviansk, as government awaits separatist response to proposed talks Saturday. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
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Ukrainian forces reclaim a town near the separatist stronghold of Slaviansk, according to the country's "anti-terrorist operation" headquarters.
The defense ministry releases footage of troops on the move.
Slaviansk, and surrounding villages have been the main focus of Ukraine's military drive to force out fighters loyal to rebel commander from Moscow.
He appealed to Russia Friday on a rebel website saying that without Moscow's help the entire region would fall to Kiev's forces. "Slaviansk will fall earlier than the rest," he wrote.
More than a dozen Ukrainian troops were killed Friday.
The government has proposed a time and a place for talks Saturday on reaching a durable ceasefire with pro-Russian rebels. It is still waiting for a reply.
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