Ukrainian special forces 'blockade Slaviansk'

Ukrainian special forces launched a second phase of their operation in the east of the country by mounting a full blockade of the rebel-held city of Slaviansk, an official on the presidential staff said.

Serhiy Pashynsky said: "Ukrainian special forces units began the second stage, which consists of our taking the decision to blockade the city of Slaviansk completely and give no opportunity to bring in reinforcements.

"The operation will continue. Its goal is to blockade the terrorists in Slaviansk and not allow casualties among civilians."

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