Eastern Ukraine rebels shoot down government helicopter, at least 12 dead

May 30, 2014 7:16 AM

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Eastern Ukraine rebels shoot down government helicopter, at least 12 dead

The helicopter was rotating troops into a checkpoint in Slovyansk when it was shot down by a portable air defense missile. Kiev accuses Russia of fomenting the attack, a charge the Russians vehemently deny.

SLOVYANSK, Ukraine — Ukraine's armed forces suffered devastating new losses Thursday, underlining the scale of the challenge the country faces in quelling a guerrilla-style insurgency that has proven to be agile and ruthless.

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