Weekend clashes leave at least one dead as Kremlin-backed separatists go on offensive (VIDEO)

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May 19, 2014, 2:35 p.m. | Ukraine — by Mark Rachkevych

Ukrainian soldiers stand guard at a checkpoint on the road near the eastern city of Slavyansk, Donetsk region, on May 17, 2014. Moscow today questioned whether Ukraine's May 25 presidential election can be held democratically in the face of continued fighting in the east of the country. AFP PHOTO / GENYA SAVILOV

Mark Rachkevych

Mark has been a reporter for the Kyiv Post since 2006, but joined full-time in 2009. A native Chicagoan, Mark currently is editor-at-large and still contributes stories on an ongoing basis. He has written bylines with the Financial Times, Bloomberg News, Associated Press, Irish Times, and Ukraine Business Insight, among other publications. He is a former U.S. Peace Corps volunteer, a graduate of St. Norbert College in Wisconsin, and fluent in the Ukrainian and Russian languages.

Over the weekend, one Kremlin-backed separatist was killed, one wounded and an unspecified number were taken prisoner, including two Russian journalists, in clashes near Izium, Kharkiv Oblast, and Sloviansk and Kramatorsk in Donetsk Oblast, Ukrainian authorities say.

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