About 20 pro-Russia rebels killed in fighting in east Ukraine: minister

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Ukrainian forces drove pro-Russian rebels from police headquarters in the eastern city of Mariupol on Friday in a pitched battle, killing 20 of them, the Kiev Interior Ministry said. The forces then withdrew from the center of the city.The action appeared to be one of the biggest yet in Kiev’s attempt to end an insurgency in the country’s east, though the number of dead could not be independently confirmed. But having expelled the armed fighters from the yellow-stone building, burnt out in the course of the clashes, the Ukrainian forces, along with their armored cars, abandoned the area.International efforts are afoot to forge some form of settlement in Ukraine to prevent a slide into a civil war that could have dramatic consequences for the whole region. With presidential elections approaching in two weeks, Kiev is under pressure to restore order across the country.

For full report read …… http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/09/us-ukraine-crisis-mariupol-idUSBREA480I520140509

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