More than 50 rebels killed in biggest Ukraine government assault




 
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May 27th, 2014  
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By Sabina Zawadzki and Gabriela Baczynska DONETSK, Ukraine, May 27 (Reuters) - More than 50 pro-Russian rebels were killed in an unprecedented assault by Ukrainian government forces, which raged into a second day on Tuesday after a newly-elected president vowed to crush the revolt in the east once and for all. Some of the bodies were missing limbs, sign that the government had brought to bear overwhelming firepower against the rebels for the first time. The government said it suffered no losses in the assault, which began with air strikes hours after Ukrainians overwhelmingly voted to elect a 48-year-old billionaire confectionary magnate Petro Poroshenko as their new president. Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has declared Moscow's right to intervene to protect Russian speakers in Ukraine, demanded an immediate halt to the offensive.




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