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– Ukrainian troops begin special operation in Slavyansk (PHOTOS, VIDEO) (RT, May 2, 2014):
The Ukrainian army has begun a special operation against pro-autonomy activists in the eastern town of Slavyansk. The city is now blockaded by the Ukrainian military, with 20 helicopters reportedly deployed to crack down on self-defense forces.
Follow live updates on the special operation in Slavyansk
Two helicopters have been shot down by self-defense forces, according to reports. Earlier, two helicopters were allegedly downed, with two pilots dead and another one captured, RIA Novosti news agency reported. This information was confirmed by Ukraine’s coup-appointed Interior Minister Arsen Avakov.
Following the loss of the aircraft, Kiev halted their operation.