Army prepares to liberate Donetsk and Luhansk as military offensive gathers pace

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July 7, 2014, 6:04 p.m. | Ukraine | Politics — by Matthew Luxmoore

A scene from Sloviansk following the city's liberation from rebel control by government forces on July 5.
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Matthew Luxmoore

The Ukrainian army is preparing to dislodge Kremlin-backed separatists from Donetsk and Luhansk, the provincial capitals of two oblasts where 15 percent of Ukraine's population lives. The Interior Ministry's announcement that Kyiv will reassert its authority comes after the recapture by government forces of four cities across the region in recent days.

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