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Pro-Russia rebels and commander flee Sloviansk: Ukraine

Ukrainian government forces maneuver antiaircraft missile launchers Buk as they are transported north-west from Sloviansk, eastern Ukraine Friday, July 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

KIEV: Ukraine's interior minister said on Saturday most of pro-Russian rebels and their top commander had fled their eastern stronghold of Sloviansk in Kiev's biggest success of the nearly three-month campaign.

"This morning, intelligence reported that Girkin (Igor Strelkov) and a substantial part of the rebels had fled Sloviansk," Ukraine's Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said in reference to the industrial city of nearly 120,000 which the insurgents seized on April 6.

 

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