Ukraine move draws Putin threat

Daily Trust - - WORLD -

Ukrainian com­man­dos have moved on the sep­a­ratist strong­hold of Slo­viansk, prompt­ing a warn­ing of “con­se­quences” from Rus­sia’s Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin.

At least two sep­a­ratists were re­ported killed as the com­man­dos, backed by ar­moured ve­hi­cles, cleared check­points on the out­skirts of the east­ern town.

But a BBC cor­re­spon­dent says the cen­tre of Slo­viansk is quiet.

Pro-Rus­sian sep­a­ratists are oc­cu­py­ing key build­ings in at least a dozen east­ern towns, de­fy­ing Kiev.

There was also fur­ther un­rest ear­lier on Thurs­day in the south-east­ern city of Mar­i­upol.

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