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Ukraine officials say second stage of anti-terrorist operation under way in east as helicopter shot down (UPDATES, VIDEO)

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April 25, 2014, 12:13 p.m. | Ukraine — by Christopher J. Miller

Ukrainian special forces keep watch from inside an armored personnel carrier in the eastern Ukrainian city of Sloviansk on April 24.
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Christopher J. Miller

Christopher J. Miller is an American editor at the Kyiv Post. He is also a regular contributor to Mashable, and has written for GlobalPost, The Times, The Telegraph, The Independent and others. A former U.S. Peace Corps volunteer (Artemivsk, Donetsk Oblast, 2010-2012), he can be reached at millerjchristopher@gmail.com.

Ukrainian officials on April 25 said they were scaling up their anti-terrorist campaign launched on April 24 in its restive eastern region, flouting warnings from Moscow against taking action against Kremlin-backed militants who have captured 29 key government buildings in 10 cities. As the operation got underway, pro-Russian militants reportedly shot down a Ukrainian helicopter, injuring its pilot.

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