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Battles rage on in Ukraine's Lugansk over border post

Iran Press TV

Mon Jun 2, 2014 2:42PM GMT

Battles rage on between Ukrainian forces and pro-Moscow activists for control of a post located near the border with Russia in a suburb of the volatile eastern city of Lugansk.

According to reports, the Kiev authorities are pushing ahead with military operations in the eastern part of Ukraine.

The Ukrainian army fighter jets have struck the regional administration headquarters in Lugansk, causing in a fire to break out inside the building.

There are also reports of fatalities after the premise was targeted by the Ukrainian forces form the air.

The bombardment comes after armed men attacked a border guard station outside Lugansk early Monday and the Ukrainian soldiers responded by opening fire on the assailants.

The Ukrainian State Border Service said at least five people have been killed and several others injured in armed clashes between the self-defense forces and pro-Kiev military in the city.

Meanwhile, a video has emerged, showing a number of the Ukrainian forces surrendering to the supporters of the self-proclaimed People's Republic of Lugansk.

Lugansk declared independence from Ukraine following a referendum on May 12. The referendum followed a similar vote in Crimea in March that led to the reunification of the Black Sea peninsula with the Russian Federation.


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