Losing ground, Ukraine rebels flee stronghold

July 6, 2014 5:25 AM

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Losing ground, Ukraine rebels flee stronghold

KIEV — With a fierce onslaught of gunfire and mortar shelling, Ukrainian government forces on Saturday chased pro-Russian insurgents from Slovyansk, a long-blockaded rebel stronghold, government officials and separatist leaders said.

As rebels fled the city, the scene of some of the fiercest fighting in a separatist insurrection that has lasted more than three months, the Ukrainian military destroyed a tank, two combat vehicles, and two armored personnel carriers, a spokesman for Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, ...

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