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National Guard says 12 Ukrainian security officers killed in helicopter shot down near Sloviansk

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May 29, 2014, 4:37 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine

Pro-Russian insurgents shot down an Mi-8 helicopter of the National Guard of Ukraine near Sloviansk, 12 killed.
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 Militants have shot down an Mi-8 helicopter of the National Guard of Ukraine near the town of Sloviansk, and as a result, 12 Ukrainian security officers were killed, the Web site of the National Guard has reported.

 "On May 29, at about 1230 near the town of Sloviansk in Donetsk region, the terrorists shot down an Mi-8 helicopter of the National Guard of Ukraine, when the latter unloaded food for the fourth roadblock. As a result, 12 servicemen were killed, six servicemen of the National Guard of Ukraine, including the helicopter's crew, and six representatives of Berkut special task force. One serviceman of the National Guard is alive, but in a serious condition," the report said.

The National Guard also confirmed that among those killed was General Major Serhiy Kulchytsky, who led the combat training department of the National Guard.

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