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4 Ukraine Troops Killed as Showdown Looms in Slovyansk

Separatist source claims at least 20 pro-Russia militants also killed

(Newser) - More bloodshed could be on the way in Ukraine, where security forces have surrounded the pro-Russia stronghold of Slovyansk and cut off the main road into the city. Ukraine's Interior Ministry says that four troops have been killed in the city, where pro-Russia militants shot down two military helicopters... More »

International Observers Released in Ukraine

42 people reported dead after Odessa fire

(Newser) - Pro-Russian militants have released the remaining seven military observers from four European countries taken hostage more than a week ago. Also freed were five Ukrainian military members, a Kremlin envoy told Russian state news, per the Wall Street Journal . "They have freed all the 12 people on my list,... More »

Fire Kills Dozens Amid Ukraine Clashes

Unrest spreads to port city of Odessa

(Newser) - Ukraine's day began violently when pro-Russian forces downed two helicopters in the city of Slovyansk, and things got worse hours later in the port city of Odessa. The exact number differs in various accounts, but somewhere between 30 and 40 people were killed when a fire broke out in... More »

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