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Ukraine resumes "anti-terror" operation in eastern regions

English.news.cn   2014-04-23 20:41:34

KIEV, April 23 (Xinhua) -- Ukrainian First Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Yarema said Wednesday his country had resumed an "anti-terror" operation against pro-Russian activities in the embattled eastern regions.

"The active phase of the operation is underway," Yarema told reporters during a briefing.

The government's move came after pro-Russian activists earlier this week allegedly kidnapped and tortured several journalists and public figures in the eastern Donetsk region.

Pro-government politician Volodymyr Rybak was found dead in a river near the town of Slovyansk, where pro-Russia protesters seized several government buildings.

Local media also reported a group of unidentified gunmen fired shots Tuesday at Ukrainian military aircraft over Slavyansk.

Ukraine suspended its "counter-terror" measures last week following an agreement with Russia, the U.S. and the European Union in Geneva, which calls for all sides of the conflict to refrain from violence.

A new wave of unrest erupted in Ukraine's east early April, when pro-Moscow activists seized government buildings in the cities of Donetsk, Lugansk and Kharkov, demanding a referendum on autonomy and closer ties with Russia.

Ukraine continues to accuse Russia of supporting the unrest, but Moscow has denied the accusations.

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Editor: Bi Mingxin
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