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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Ukrainian government recaptures separatist Slaviansk

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