Ukrainian government recaptures separatist Slaviansk

Ukraine's military has recaptured the separatist town of Slaviansk from pro-Russian rebel factions.

Ukraine government recaptures separatist stronghold

Ukraine's military has recaptured the separatist town of Slaviansk from pro-Russian rebel factions.

Read: Pro-Russian separatists' armoured vehicles 'destroyed'

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko seen during televised address in the nation announcing the recapture. Credit: Reuters

Pro-Russian separtsist said there were forced to leave their positions after the assault by government forces, Interfax news agency said. Separatist leader Aleksandr Borodai was quoted as saying:

"Given the disproportionate numerical superiority of the enemy troops, units of the armed forces of the Donetsk People's Republic were forced to leave their previous positions on the northern sector of the front and go to pre-prepared positions."

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Pro-Russian separatists' armoured vehicles 'destroyed'

Ukraine's National Security and Defence Council spokesman Andriy Lysenko Credit: RTV

Pro-Russian separatists have been pulling out of Slavyansk in eastern Ukraine and Ukrainian troops were operating in the town, the country's National Security and Defence Council spokesman told a news conference.

"Last night rebels who got under intense mortar fire from the Ukrainian troops, tried to escape from surrounded Slaviansk. As the result, one tank, two armoured vehicles and two armoured personnel carriers belonging to terrorists have been destroyed," spokesman Andriy Lysenko said.

Read: Pro-Russian rebels and top commander 'flee Slavyansk'

Ukraine to raise flag in rebel stronghold of Slavyansk

Ukrainian soldiers drive a military vehicle with a torn Ukrainian flag at a checkpoint near Slaviansk.
Ukrainian soldiers drive a military vehicle with a torn Ukrainian flag at a checkpoint near Slaviansk. Credit: Reuters

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko has given the Ukrainian army the order to raise the Ukrainian flag in the rebel stronghold of Slavyansk after government forces moved into the town, according to the presidential website.

Read: Pro-Russian rebels and top commander 'flee Slavyansk'

Pro-Russian rebels and top commander 'flee Slavyansk'

Most pro-Russian rebels and their top commander have fled their eastern stronghold of Slavyansk in Kiev's biggest success of the three month campaign, AFP reports citing Ukraine's interior minister.

Arsen Avakov said: "This morning, intelligence reported that Girkin (Igor Strelkov) and a substantial part of the rebels had fled Slavyansk".

Insurgents seized the city of nearly 120,000 people on April 6.

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