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The government’s forces did not waste time, launching their first assaults across Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts even as the president spoke from Kyiv.

Confirming the restart of the counterinsurgency operation was Ukraine’s parliament speaker, Oleksandr Turchynov. 

“I had the chance this morning to speak with the interior and defense ministers and can inform you that as of this morning, the active phase of the antiterrorist operation has been renewed,” he told lawmakers early on July 1.

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