Ukraine ramping up offensive amid increasing violence

May 29, 2014 7:36 PM

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Ukraine ramping up offensive amid increasing violence

WASHINGTON — After months of hesitation, Ukraine is now pressing a military offensive against pro-Russian militias operating in the east, intensifying the bloodshed in a risky gambit to quickly crush the revolt.

On Thursday rebels struck back, downing a military helicopter and killing at least 12 people aboard, including a general, outside the city of Slovyansk.

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