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At a briefing on
July 7, advisor to Ukraine’s interior minister Anton Gerashchenko outlined further plans for the
government’s anti-terrorist operation and said normal life was returning to liberated Sloviansk, with all necessary services in the city set to resume in due course.   

“Whoever remembers
Grozny after its liberation by the Russian army, it was nothing more than a
desert. Sloviansk, as you can see, is complete and has not been bombed. The
people met our soldiers with open arms, crying from happiness,” a visibly confident Gerashchenko said, gesturing to a video showing
an aerial view of the city following its recapture. 

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