Valin Posted July 5, 2014 Share Posted July 5, 2014 BBC: 5 July 2014 Ukrainian separatist rebels have pulled back to the main city of Donetsk, abandoning several strongholds in the Donetsk region to government forces. The pro-Russian gunmen abandoned the cities of Sloviansk and Kramatorsk, as well as some smaller towns, in the north of Donetsk region. But they have vowed to continue the fight from Donetsk city, describing the withdrawal as a tactical retreat. Ukrainian forces launched an offensive this week after a truce broke down. The BBC's David Stern in Kiev says the military's capture of Sloviansk, where the eastern insurgency began in April, is a major victory for the government. (Snip) (Snip) The Ukrainian flag was raised from government buildings in central Slaviansk Several of the rebels' armoured vehicles were wrecked in the government offensive (Snip) Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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