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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
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Mark Rachkevych

Mark has been a reporter for the Kyiv Post since 2006, but joined full-time in 2009. A native Chicagoan where he was the co-founder of the now defunct Glasshouse Magazine, Mark currently is an editor of business news and still contributes stories on an ongoing basis. 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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