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Ukraine troops clash with pro-Russia insurgents
Ukraine troops clash with pro-Russia insurgents

SLOVYANSK, Ukraine  — Ukrainian government troops moved against pro-Russia forces in the east of the country on Thursday and killed at least two of them in clashes at checkpoints manned by the insurgents, the government and insurgents said. Russian President Vladimir Putin decried what he described as a “punitive operation.” The fighting was the first since acting President Oleksandr Turchynov on Tuesday ordered the resumption of military operations in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russia protesters and masked gunmen have seized government buildings and set up checkpoints on the roads. Putin threatened Kiev with unspecified consequences. “If the Kiev...

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