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The
Interior Ministry said and Kyiv Post confirmed that the SBU building previously
seized by the rebels had been recaptured, as well as the TV tower during the
early morning operation. Ukrainian troops from the country’s army, Interior and
Defense ministries and Security Service (SBU) also managed to fortify the
perimeter surrounding the airfield in Kramatorsk, the site of much upheaval in
past weeks, and detain at least three men believed to be supporting the rebels.

Russian
state media reported that 10 insurgents were killed and 15 more injured during
the dawn assault. The Kyiv Post could not independently confirm the details,
but saw no dead bodies or wounded people in the city’s center Saturday morning. Eyewitnesses did tell the Kyiv Post, however, that several people were carried
off to medics and treated for wounds sustained during the Ukrainian operation,
but that they saw no corpses.

It
was just after noon when Ukrainian forces carried out an assault on a
rebel checkout at a northern highway between Sloviansk and Kramatorsk, opening
fire on water and gas trucks used as blockades by the rebel forces, who in turn
burned a wall of tires in an attempt to stave off the assault, according to eyewitnesses at the scene.

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