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Fatalities reported as rival activists clash in Ukraine


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Fatalities reported as rival activists clash in Ukraine

There are confusing and conflicting reports surrounding pro and anti-government demonstrations in eastern Ukraine.

In the city of Slavyansk, a pro-Russian militant was reportedly killed in fighting with forces loyal to Kyiv, according to local sources.

Russian television has broadcast pictures of the alleged victim but euronews is unable to verify the content, which was obtained from a social media website.

A group of women form a human shield in another amateur video which purports to show armed men mounting a roadblock to control access to and from Slavyansk.

When asked by a Russian reporter if the so-called self-defence units would be prepared to open fire one of the unit replied, “Yes, if the attackers come close and shoot, then we’ll shoot back.”

Kyiv has blamed the Kremlin for the rash of rebellion against its rule.
Moscow has warned it will protect the region’s Russian-speakers if they come under attack.

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