Ukraine leader orders flag raised in rebel stronghold after overnight army successes

July 5, 2014 8:42 AM

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Ukraine leader orders flag raised in rebel stronghold after overnight army successes

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Saturday ordered the army to raise the national flag in the separatist stronghold of Slaviansk, eastern Ukraine, after hearing reports of military successes there, the presidential website said.

Earlier, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said a large number of pro-Russian separatists had fled the flashpoint city following sustained fire from Ukrainian forces.

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