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Ukraine deploys elite forces into Black Sea port of Odessa



by Joseph Earnest  May 5, 2014


Newscast Media KIEVThe Ukrainian interim government has sent an elite national guard unit to the volatile port city of Odessa. The deployment on Monday is reportedly part of efforts to take back control of the eastern and southern regions.

The move came after anti-government demonstrators in the Black Sea port city of Odessa pledged to occupy official buildings three days after nearly 40 people were killed in a fire at a trade union building allegedly set by pro-Kiev activists.

Earlier in the day, pro-Russian activists and Ukrainian troops clashed on the outskirts of the country's eastern city of Slavyansk.

Pro-Russian activists said more than 20 armed members were killed and 15 others injured during the Ukrainian forces' renewed crackdown on the pro-Russian stronghold of Slavyansk on Monday.

In a statement, the Ukrainian Interior Ministry also said four government troops were killed and 30 others wounded in the clashes.

On April 17, Kiev's interim government together with the US, Russia and the European Union reached an agreement in the Swiss city of Geneva, calling for all sides to ease the ongoing crisis in eastern Ukraine.

Nevertheless, a few days later, the Kiev government ordered a re-launch of its controversial "anti-terrorist operations" in the eastern and southern regions in a bid to root out the pro-Russian demonstrations.

Pro-Moscow protesters continue to occupy a number of government, police and other administrative buildings in a dozen cities and towns in the region, demanding integration into neighboring Russia.        Add Comments>>

Source: Press TV











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