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Ukraine forces deal defeat to rebels in two eastern towns

Published on Apr 24, 2014 4:02 PM
 

KIEV (AFP) - Ukraine's military clashed with pro-Kremlin rebels in two eastern towns overnight, the interior and defence ministries said Thursday.

Ukrainian soldiers retook control of the town hall in the southeastern port city of Mariupol and repelled an attack on an army base in the eastern town of Artemivsk, the ministries said.

Separatist sources confirmed the loss of the town hall in Mariupol, a city with a population of nearly 500,000. The city was the scene of a rebel attack on troops last week that left three militants dead. The separatists had held the town hall since April 13.

"The town hall is liberated and can function normally," Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said on his Facebook page.

A boy stands with Ukrainian soldiers on a combat vehicle in Kramatorsk, in eastern Ukraine on April 16, 2014. Ukraine's military clashed with pro-Kremlin rebels in two eastern towns overnight, the interior and defence ministries said Thursday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
 
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