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Igor Strelkov

Ukraine Troops Move on Rebel Stronghold Defying Putin

 Ukraine sent armored vehicles and artillery to retake Slovyansk, a stronghold for pro-separatist forces, defying President Vladimir Putin’s demand to pull back troops with Russia’s army massed across the border. Interior Ministry forces were dispatched at 4:30 a.m. local time to displace the militants from seized buildings and free hostages, including eight international monitors, minister

Observers held in Ukraine speak under armed guard

 Pro-Russian militants in camouflage fatigues and black balaclavas paraded captive European military observers before the media on Sunday, hours after three captured Ukrainian security guards were shown bloodied, blindfolded and stripped of their trousers and shoes, their arms bound with packing tape. The provocative displays came as the increasingly ruthless pro-Russian insurgency in the east