Ukraine government recaptures separatist stronghold

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

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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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Ukrainian government recaptures separatist Slaviansk

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