A pro-Russia separatist patrols near a maternity ward in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slaviansk June 16, 2014. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov
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Rebels shot down a Ukrainian helicopter carrying technicians who had been installing equipment to monitor violations of a peace plan in Ukraine's rebellious east on Tuesday, killing all nine people on board, a military spokesman said.The technicians had been returning from setting up specialised equipment when their Mi-8 cargo helicopter was struck by a rebel missile near Slaviansk in eastern Ukraine, government forces spokesman Vladyslav Seleznyov said. On May 30, rebels there also downed a military helicopter killing 14 servicemen, including one general.Separately, spokesman Seleznyov said two Ukrainian servicemen had been killed when rebels fired at two military roadblocks on Tuesday.Poroshenko's plan would offer a safety "corridor" back to Russia for pro-Russian fighters who lay down their arms and has secured the backing of Western governments and qualified support from Russian President Vladimir Putin. About 150 Ukrainian military personnel have been killed as well as scores of other law-enforcement officials, rebel militia and civilians since pro-Russian separatist groups declared "people's republics" in the east and said they want to join Russia.
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