Ukraine remains in state of high tension

Ukraine remains in state of high tension
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The situation in eastern and southern parts of Ukraine remains tense with Ukrainians and pro-Russian supporters blaming each other for the violence in the country.

After what was a relatively calm day on Tuesday, Ukrainian forces have reportedly launched an offensive in the coastal city of Mariupol. Shooting has been heard near the city’s airport, however there have been no reported fatalities.

In Slovyansk, Ukrainian forces have been patrolling roads around the city. Health officials in the region said that eight people have been killed there since violence broke out on May 2.

The Donetsk region, where the insurgency is strongest, has seen an increase in the number of road blocks by armed men with sticks, automatic rifles and handguns.

A group of around 30 pro-Russian militiamen surrounded a major Interior Ministry base in the Donetsk.

The city’s airport has reopened after being closed early on Tuesday, however most flights remain cancelled.

The southern port city of Odessa, which witnessed deadly clashes last week, has been tense but calm.

The government has cut back on public events to prevent any violence breaking out to mark the victory of the Soviet Union over Nazi Germany on May 9.

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