Armed, pro-Russian separatists lay siege to Donetsk Oblast; at least three dead (VIDEOS, UPDATES)

April 14, 2014, 12:40 p.m. | Kyiv Post

A man walks past a roadside checkpoint at the entrance to Sloviansk in Donetsk Oblast, controlled by pro-Russian separatists, as tires and trees are being burnt to make a smoke curtain.
© Anastasia Vlasova

DONETSK, Ukraine -- Amid reports of casualties on both sides as Ukrainian forces battle pro-Russian militias in Sloviansk, other heavily armed separatists in military uniforms continued to seize or attempt to take over other Ukrainian government buildings or strategic locations in Donetsk Oblast, home to ousted President Viktor Yanukovych and 10 percent of Ukraine's population.

At least three men were killed.

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