Four Ukraine troops killed in gun battles with pro-Russia forces

May 5, 2014 1:33 PM

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Slovyansk has been at the heart of an uprising in east Ukraine against the central government in Kiev, which came to power after the country's Russia-leaning president fled following months of street protests.

A statement on the ministry's website did not give further details about how the officers died. But a separate statement said Ukrainian troops had started an "anti-terrorist operation" against the pro-Russia forces, which numbered around 800.

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