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 | Politics — 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.

Christopher J. Miller

American Christopher J. Miller was a Kyiv Post editor from 2013-2014. He now works for Mashable as a senior foreign correspondent. A former U.S. Peace Corps volunteer (Artemivsk in Donetsk Oblast, 2010-2012), he can be reached at

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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