Ukraine launches operation against insurgents in the east

April 25, 2014 12:07 PM

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SLOVYANSK, Ukraine -- Russia began new military exercises near its border with Ukraine, the defence minister announced Thursday, after Ukrainian forces launched an operation to drive pro-Russia insurgents out of occupied buildings in the country's tumultuous east.

The Ukrainian move, which killed at least two people, brought new threats from Russian President Vladimir Putin, who denounced it as a "punitive operation."

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