Ukrainian forces have raised their national flag over a police station in the city of Luhansk which was for months under rebel control, Kiev has said, in what could be a breakthrough in Ukraine's efforts to crush pro-Moscow separatists.
Ukrainian officials said however the rebels were fighting a desperate rearguard action to hold on to Luhansk - which is their supply route into neighbouring Russia - and that the flow of weapons and fighters from Russia had accelerated.
Andriy Lysenko, a Ukrainian military spokesman, said government forces fought separatists in Luhansk on Saturday and took control of the Zhovtneviy neighbourhood police station. "They raised the state flag over it," Lysenko said. A photograph posted on Twitter appeared to show a Ukrainian flag on the front of the police station, but it could not be independently verified.
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