Ukrainian Army Storms Slaviansk, 2 Helicopters Reportedly Downed

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The Ukrainian forces started an operation against the separatists in Slaviansk early Friday morning, Ukrainian and Russian media report. 

Ukrainian Air Force combat helicopters are in the sky above the east Ukrainian city of Slaviansk, the city is fully blocked, fighting is underway, a representative of the militia told ITAR-TASS by phone on Friday. 

He claims two helicopters were downed, with one pilot dead and another injured and taken to the city hospital for treatment. 

Arsen Avakov, Ukraine's interior minister, said on his Facebook page, that interior ministry anti-terrorist units, the National Guard and the armed forces have seized control of nine roadblocks and Slaviansk is fully surrounded. 

He confirmed the downing of one helicopter and the death of the pilot.  

On his page Avakov wrote that the Ukrainian forces were facing “professional mercenaries” who use heavy weapons, including grenade launchers and portable anti-aircraft units.

According to Avakov, the “terrorists” are shooting from residential buildings and urged the residents of Slaviansk and Kramatorsk to remain at  home, stay away from the windows and avoid travelling. 

“The operation continues as planned,” Avakov wrote.

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Boyan Aleksandrov - 4 May 2014 // 13:20:38

EuroBoy SA, your day will come too, sooner rather than later. We will get rid of our Euro-garbage one day and that is a promise!

Optimistic - 2 May 2014 // 20:26:31

The illegal Kiev government are war criminals.

EuroBoy SA - 2 May 2014 // 15:48:33

GOOD - I hope all the pro-russians are chased away to Russia and leave Ukraine for Ukraininans.

Vladimir K. - 2 May 2014 // 12:01:31

If the anti maidan protest would have been pro USA instead, the whole world would have condemned these attacks.

While Yanukovich was in power, the military wasn't even sent to attack it's own people, this just shows the true face of disgusting Americans. But I am not surprised as it has happened in countless other countries before.

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