Ukraine’s Avakov says 21 dead in Mariupol after clashes on Victory Day
At least 21 people died in clashes between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists in the eastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol in Donetsk Oblast, according to Interior Minister Arsen Avakov.
He said that some 60 “terrorists” with automatic weapons attacked the city police headquarters earlier on May 9 and attempted to take over the building “without any preliminary demands.” Twenty separatists died and four were arrested on the separatist side, and only one dead on the government side. He said five Ukrainian officers were wounded.
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(Photo of Ukrainian prime minister Yatsenyuk at a May 9 2014 commemoration service: Government of Ukraine)