Four dead in Slaviansk as heavy fighting continues

At least four Ukrainian troops have been killed and 30 wounded in gun battles with pro-Russia militants occupying the eastern city of Slaviansk, Ukraine's interior ministry said.

Pro-Russian armed men take positions near the town of Slaviansk. Credit: REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Slaviansk has been at the heart of an uprising in east Ukraine against the central government in Kiev, which came to power after the country's Russia-leaning president fled following months of street protests.

A woman mourns 21-year-old nurse Yulia Izotova at her funeral in Kramatorsk Credit: REUTERS/Marko Djurica

Kiev authorities describe pro-Russian separatists, who have seized control of a string of towns across the east of the country, as "terrorists".

Pro-Russian activists make barricades Credit: REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

The rebels for their part say they are defending Russian-speaking areas of the east against Ukrainian "fascists" trying to root out Russian influence in the country.

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