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Thursday 18 September 2014

Three Pro-Russian separatists die in Ukraine attack

Published 17/04/2014 | 07:45

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People carry a man who was injured during pro-Russian protests near a Ukrainian military base in Mariupol April 16, 2014. Ukraine's interior minister said on Thursday that three pro-Russian separatists were killed in shooting that broke out overnight in the town of Mariupol on the Sea of Azov. "According to preliminary data, three attackers were killed, 13 wounded and 63 detained," Arsen Avakov said in a post on Facebook. Picture taken April 16, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer (UKRAINE  - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)  BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE
ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF INJURY OR DEATH People carry a man who was injured during pro-Russian protests near a Ukrainian military base in Mariupol April 16, 2014. Ukraine's interior minister said on Thursday that three pro-Russian separatists were killed in shooting that broke out overnight in the town of Mariupol on the Sea of Azov. "According to preliminary data, three attackers were killed, 13 wounded and 63 detained," Arsen Avakov said in a post on Facebook. Picture taken April 16, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer
Pro-Russian protesters stand in formation near a Ukrainian military base in Mariupol April 16, 2014. Ukraine's interior minister said on Thursday that three pro-Russian separatists were killed in shooting that broke out overnight in the town of Mariupol on the Sea of Azov. "According to preliminary data, three attackers were killed, 13 wounded and 63 detained," Arsen Avakov said in a post on Facebook. Picture taken April 16, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST) QUALITY FROM SOURCE
Pro-Russian protesters stand in formation near a Ukrainian military base in Mariupol April 16, 2014. Ukraine's interior minister said on Thursday that three pro-Russian separatists were killed in shooting that broke out overnight in the town of Mariupol on the Sea of Azov. "According to preliminary data, three attackers were killed, 13 wounded and 63 detained," Arsen Avakov said in a post on Facebook. Picture taken April 16, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer
Passengers look out of the windows of a train as it moves past local residents, and an armed man (front L) wearing a black and orange ribbon of St. George - a symbol widely associated with pro-Russian protests in Ukraine, and Ukrainian servicemen on an armoured personnel carrier in Kramatorsk, April 16, 2014. Separatists flew the Russian flag on armoured vehicles taken from the Ukrainian army on Wednesday, humiliating a Kiev government operation to recapture eastern towns controlled by pro-Moscow partisans. REUTERS/Maks Levin (UKRAINE  - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST MILITARY)
Passengers look out of the windows of a train as it moves past local residents, and an armed man (front L) wearing a black and orange ribbon of St. George - a symbol widely associated with pro-Russian protests in Ukraine, and Ukrainian servicemen on an armoured personnel carrier in Kramatorsk, April 16, 2014. Separatists flew the Russian flag on armoured vehicles taken from the Ukrainian army on Wednesday, humiliating a Kiev government operation to recapture eastern towns controlled by pro-Moscow partisans. REUTERS/Maks Levin

Three pro-Russian separatists were killed in shooting that broke out overnight in the town of Mariupol on the Sea of Azov, according to a Ukrainian government minister.

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"According to preliminary data, three attackers were killed, 13 wounded and 63 detained," Minister for Interior Arsen Avakov said in a post on Facebook.

Shooting broke out overnight near a base of the Ukrainian national guard which came under attack by pro-Russian separatists, Interfax news agency said earlier today.

It quoted a local online website as saying four people had been killed at Mariupol on the Azov Sea but this could not be independently confirmed, nor were the circumstances of the shooting clear.

It said the shooting broke out after the separatists tried to storm the base. It ended in the early hours of the morning.

Earlier, the interior ministry said in a statement that a crowd of armed protesters arrived at the base and demanded that the national guard troops back their revolt against the country's new pro-Western government.

When the crowd refused to disperse and tried to enter the base, the national guard troops shot into the air, the statement said.

Pro-Russian separatists have taken over buildings in at least 10 cities in Eastern Ukraine, attacks the Ukrainian government has said are orchestrated by Russian agents. The Mariupol city administration is already under the control of separatists.

Russia says the attacks are spontaneous protests by Russian speakers angry at the country's new government, which is more popular in the Ukrainian speaking west of the country. (Reporting by Richard Balmforth and Conor Humphries; Editing by Nick Macfie)

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