A pro-Russia activist gestures as he guards a barricade outside the regional police building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk on April 15, 2014. AFP PHOTO / GENYA SAVILOV
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Ukraine sent a large armoured column and special forces towards the flashpoint city of Slavyansk on Tuesday as Kiev's fledgeling leaders tried to reassert control over the separatist east.The seven buses, filled with 100 paratroopers, and 20 tanks and armoured personnel carriers represented the Western-backed team's most forceful response to date to raids that have seen state buildings in nearly 10 cities across Ukraine's rust belt fall under the control of pro-Russian militants. They had moved within 40 kilometres (25 miles) of Slavyansk and set up a checkpoint that could control all traffic leading to Slavyansk -- an economically depressed industrial city of 100,000 that has been under effective control of separatist gunmen since Saturday. The Kremlin chief continued to reject any links to Russian-speaking gunmen who have proclaimed the creation of their own independent republic and who have called on Putin to send in the estimated 40,000 Russian troops now stationed along the border with Ukraine.Inaction in the face the insurgents' aggression and tough talk by Moscow could potentially see the vast nation of 46 million break up along its historic Russian-Ukrainian cultural divide.
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