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Ukrainian forces regain town in east of country

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUUkrainian Interior Ministry forces have pushed an illegal armed group out of Svyatohirsk in Donetsk Oblast, the Ministry has announced.

«Law enforcers who took part in the anti-terrorist operation drove the illegal armed groups out of the town. There have been no casualties,» the ministry’s report reads.

Kyiv Post Svyatohirsk is of strategic importance, as it is located at the border of three regions: Donetsk, Kharkiv and Luhansk.

This week, armed pro-Russian insurgents have taken at least 16 persons, including journalists, hostage, strenghtened their grip on the eastern regions and promised a long fight should Kyiv send in troops to force them out.

Crimea – zone of lawlessness

«Crimea with the connivance of Moscow turns into a lawlessness zone, they exert pressure on residents of the peninsula, who does not want to accept citizenship of the Russian Federation», a Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman has announced.

According to his words as quoted by UNIAN, the Foreign Ministry is concerned about violation of rights and freedoms of citizens of Ukraine by the Russian party in a result of occupation of Crimea.


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