Pro-Russian armed separatist militants stand guard at a barricade in Mariupol, on June 9, 2014. AFP PHOTO / DANIEL MIHAILESCU
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Even so, the 15 armed men surrounding "commander" Andrei at the headquarters of the pro-Russian separatists remained on alert.However, soldiers of the Ukrainian military are not far away.Only five kilometres (three miles) from Andrei's headquarters, they have set up a roadblock, reinforced by armoured vehicles, and carefully check each vehicle that passes through. A little further on by the city's airport, which has been closed, three tanks of the Ukrainian army and 50 soldiers of the National Guard have taken up positions. Unconfirmed reports say there has been a recent shooting at the airport, but "commander" Andrei says his troops have not participated in any fighting in the area.
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