Pro-Ukraine forces clash with separatists, at least two dead




 
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Pro-Ukraine forces clash with separatists, at least two dead
 
May 23rd, 2014  
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Pro-Ukraine forces clash with separatists, at least two dead
By Sabina Zawadzki and Gabriela Baczynska KARLOVKA, Ukraine (Reuters) - Armed pro-Russian separatists clashed with Ukrainian self-defense fighters near the eastern city of Donetsk on Friday, two days before the presidential election, and at least two people were killed, a Reuters witness and militia sources said. A leader of a Ukrainian militia group said his men had been on a reconnaissance mission near the rural settlement of Karlovka, about 15 km (10 miles) west of Donetsk, when it ran into a checkpoint manned by heavily-armed separatists. Kiev's pro-Western government hopes the election will stabilize Ukraine after mass street protests toppled Moscow-backed president Viktor Yanukovich in February, but the separatists have vowed to prevent the vote going ahead in eastern towns where they have seized control.




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