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Armed men dressed in camouflage clothing have seized a police station in eastern Ukraine, officials say.
Police said the gang fired shots and used stun grenades to seize the offices in Sloviansk, near the Russian border.
Interior Minister Arsen Avakov called the gunmen "terrorists" and said special forces would repel the attack.
Pro-Russian protesters have taken over government buildings throughout eastern Ukraine. Kiev says the unrest is being orchestrated from Moscow.
Protesters in the eastern city of Donetsk, 130km (80 miles) from Sloviansk, have been occupying government buildings for days and demanding a referendum on becoming part of Russia.
A similar move prompted a Russian takeover of Ukraine's Crimea region earlier this year.
The US and EU have put sanctions on Russian and Crimean people they say were connected with the takeover.
Ryskeldi Satke @RyskeldiSatke Breaking: Unknown military choppers surfing Slavyansk airspace near Donetsk in East Ukraine youtube.com/watch?v=p7rBBM… 21 mins ago 6 retweets | 1 replies
reply to post by asen_y2k
That looks like a MI-24 / MI-35 Hind if I am not mistaken. Maybe a KA-50...
Where did the pro Russian forces get those from?edit on 12-4-2014 by Xcathdra because: (no reason given)
Video of the moment the attack began on the police station. Definately special forces, or highly trained separatists.
Youtubeedit on 12/4/14 by asen_y2k because: (no reason given)
The capture Anatoly Sivachenko so inspired in Donetsk region
Anti-Maidan protesters in Slavyansk seize local offices of Ukraine’s Security Service, police say.
Thousands of federalization supporters are rallying in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, reports RIA Novosti. Witnesses say the protesters have started creating an assistance group to be sent to anti-Maidan protesters in the town of Slavyansk, where several administrative buildings were occupied over the night.
reply to post by asen_y2k
Thanks for the clarification and my bad.
No probs, google does tend to mess up very badly at times.
Lot of speculation, that these are Russian special forces. Heres a pic
Thomas C. Theiner- #Russia'n FSB Vympel operators lead the seizing of the #Sloviansk police station in #Ukraine. This is war.
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400 handguns, 20 assault rifles, ammo stored inside #Slovyansk police dept. seized by pro-#Russia terrorists www.pravda.com.ua... … #Ukraine
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At the entrance to Slovyansk, made checkpoints with armed men who control traffic at the "Congress and leave the city. This Ukrainian Pravda reported an informed source from the event. According to the source, several people at checkpoints armed with guns, others - pistols. However, as says the publication of the island, armed men in camouflage organized checkpoint, which strengthened the barricades of tires and do not miss the bus to the city with the police. Also, local media report that camouflage and weapons of these people are very similar to equipping and arming "little green men" who were in the Crimea during the invasion of Russian troops.
pro-#Kremlins say that another town in #Donetsk region #Kramatorsk followed #Slavyansk example: protests started. Can't confirm this yet.