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Ukrainian forces tighten grip on rebels in embattled Kramatorsk, Sloviansk

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May 3, 2014, 9:25 p.m. | Ukraine | Politics — by Kostyantyn Chernichkin

Pro-Russian rebels rebuild a checkpoint destroyed by Ukrainian forces in Kramatorsk, Donetsk Oblast on May 3.
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Kostyantyn Chernichkin

KRAMATORSK, Ukraine -- Ukraine’s counterterrorism operation continued and even gained traction in the country’s gritty industrial east on Saturday, as its security forces destroyed pro-Russian rebel checkpoints and pushed their lines closer toward the fortified centers of Sloviansk and Kramatorsk, where armed insurgents remain holed up inside key government buildings.

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