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Ukraine forces retake security service HQ as tensions rise

Published 03/05/2014 | 12:56

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A woman pushes a bicycle as pro-Russian rebels stand guard at a checkpoint near a Ukrainian airbase in Kramatorsk, eastern Ukraine May 2, 2014
A woman pushes a bicycle as pro-Russian rebels stand guard at a checkpoint near a Ukrainian airbase in Kramatorsk, eastern Ukraine May 2, 2014
Pro-Russian rebels inspect a car at a checkpoint near a Ukrainian airbase in Kramatorsk, eastern Ukraine May 2, 2014. Pro-Russian rebels shot down two Ukrainian helicopters on Friday, killing two crew, as troops tightened their siege of separatist-held Slaviansk in what Moscow called a "criminal" assault by Kiev that wrecked hopes of peace. REUTERS/Marko Djurica (UKRAINE  - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)
A pro-Russian rebel holds his rifle at a checkpoint near a Ukrainian airbase in Kramatorsk, eastern Ukraine May 2, 2014
A pro-Russian rebel aims his rifle at a checkpoint near a Ukrainian airbase in Kramatorsk, eastern Ukraine May 2, 201
A pro-Russian rebel aims his rifle at a checkpoint near a Ukrainian airbase in Kramatorsk, eastern Ukraine May 2, 201

Ukrainian forces have retaken the security service headquarters in the eastern town of Kramatorsk, south of rebel stronghold Slaviansk, the country's Interior Ministry said on Saturday.

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"Now it is under the control of the National Guard," the ministry said in a statement. Local television showed pictures of armoured personnel carriers moving through the town.

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