Armed pro-Russian separatists stand guard in Seversk, Donetsk region June 19, 2014. (REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov)
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Ukraine's defense chief said Friday that government forces had regained control of the border with Russia and could stop supplies being sent to arm pro-Russian separatists, but fighting raged for a second day.A spokesman for government forces said that about 300 separatists had been killed in fighting Thursday in an eastern area about 100 km from the border where fighting continued Friday. Ukrainian forces had lost seven servicemen.It has urged Ukraine to end "punitive" action against the separatists and engage in dialogue with them.Ukraine says that fighters from Russia and supplies of guns and other military equipment have been pouring into the country to support the separatists, who rose up against Kiev's new authorities after the overthrow of the Moscow-backed Viktor Yanukovich in February.Relations with Russia have deteriorated sharply since the ousting of Yanukovich, Russia's subsequent annexation of Crimea and the outbreak of separatism in Ukraine's Russian-speaking east.There were no clear details on the flow of battle Friday east of Krasny Liman, a town controlled by government forces about 100 km from the border with Russia.
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