Pro-Russian separatists seize another eastern Ukraine town

Armed pro-Russian separatists have taken control of the east Ukrainian town of Kostyantynivka today. Separatists in Slaviansk yesterday released one of eight OSCE monitors they are holding.

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Russia: Number of Ukraine forces 'deep concern'

Russia has said the number of Ukrainian military forces deployed in the southeast of the country should cause "deep concern" among members of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

Ukrainian soldiers sit on top of an armoured personnel carrier at a checkpoint outside the city of Slavians. Credit: Reuters

In a statement, the Russian Foreign Ministry said there were more than 11,000 Ukrainian troops, 160 tanks, 230 armoured vehicles and 150 artillery pieces deployed in the region as part of an operation to counter pro-Russian separatists.

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