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Starting on May 17 and up to the morning of May 19, according to the interior and defense ministries, Moscow-backed separatists attacked five Ukraine-held checkpoints near Sloviansk. They also targeted the Kramatorsk airfield and an encampment near the counterterrorism headquarters in Izium, Kharkiv Oblast.

Using a grenade launcher from a day care center, “terrorists” this morning shot a checkpoint near Sloviansk, killing airborne brigade trooper Hannadiy Belyak, wounding another, with two additional troops receiving concussions, reported the Defense Ministry.

Four additional Ukrainian checkpoints near Sloviansk were attacked on the night of May 18, according to the Defense Ministry, leaving one soldier lightly and another moderately wounded. One pro-Russian rebel and another was wounded in the attacks, said Interior Minister Arsen Avakov. The wounded rebel is in custody.

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