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Factbox: Buildings under control of pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine

(Reuters) - The following buildings and strategic facilities under control of pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine as of 1000 GMT on Monday April 14. DONETSK, Donetsk Region (population 1 million) Regional administration building Regional police headquarters MARIUPOL, Donetsk Region (480,000) City administration LUHANSK, Luhansk region (450,000) Headquarters of SBU state security service MAKIIVKA, Donetsk Region (390,000) City administration

One Ukrainian state security officer killed, five others wounded: interior minister

KIEV (Reuters) - One Ukrainian state security officer was killed and five others were wounded on the side of government forces in an "anti-terrorist" operation on Sunday against pro-Russian separatist militants in a city in the east, the interior minister said. On the side of the separatists there had been an "unidentifiable number" of casualties during the operation in the town of Slaviansk, the minister, Arsen Avakov, said on his Facebook page. "There were dead and wounded on both sides," Avakov said.

Civilians told to stay inside in flashpoint Ukraine city

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's Interior Minister on Sunday told residents in the eastern city of Slaviansk to stay indoors, in anticipation of clashes between pro-Russian militants who have seized official buildings and Ukrainian security forces. "Pass it on to all civilians: they should leave the center of town, not come out of their apartments, and not go near the windows," Interfax Ukraine news agency quoted Arsen Avakov as saying.

'Dead, wounded' on both sides in east Ukraine police raid

Ukraine's interior minister said on Sunday that both sides had suffered casualties during a raid launched by Ukrainian special forces on a police station in the eastern city of Slavyansk that was seized by pro-Russian gunmen. "There are dead and wounded on both sides," Interior Minister Arsen Avakov wrote on his Facebook page. "On our side -- an ABU (Ukrainian Security Service) officer... On side of the separatists -- an unidentified number... The separatists have started to protect themselves using human shields." zak/rmb

Ukraine launches 'anti-terrorist' operation in Slavyansk: minister so/pt/gd

Ukraine on Sunday launched an "anti-terrorist operation" in the eastern town of Slavyansk, where pro-Russian gunmen have seized police and security services buildings, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said. "Units from all of the country's force structures are participating. May God be with us," the minister wrote on his Facebook page. so/pt/gd/sm

'Dead, wounded' on both sides in east Ukraine police raid

Ukraine's interior minister said on Sunday that both sides had suffered casualties during a raid launched by Ukrainian special forces on a police station in the eastern city of Slavyansk that was seized by pro-Russian gunmen. "There are dead and wounded on both sides. On our side -- an SBU (Ukrainian Security Service) officer. The head of the SBU's anti-terrorist centre has been wounded, as have four others," Interior Minister Arsen Avakov wrote on his Facebook page.

Ukraine accuses Russia of 'act of aggression'

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine considered attacks by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine on Saturday as an "act of aggression by Russia", Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said. "Units of the interior and defense ministries are implementing an operational response plan," he said in a statement on his Facebook page. (Reporting by Conor Humphries; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)

Fighting erupts in two east Ukraine towns: police chief

Ukraine's interior minister said on Saturday that pro-Kremlin gunmen had opened fire on police stations in two heavily Russified eastern cities and blamed the attacks on Moscow's "aggression". Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said militants armed with Russian-issued machine guns had opened fired on police stations in the Donetsk region towns of Kramatorsk and Krasnyi Lyman. He did not report any casualties and blamed the attacks on "aggression by the Russian Federation". zak/hmn

Gunmen take over police station in east Ukraine

Gunmen have taken over a police station in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Kremlin militants are already holding state buildings in several cities, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said Saturday. "Armed men in camouflage fatigues have taken the police station in Slavyansk," Avakov wrote on his Facebook page, adding that "the reaction will be very strong." He did not provide any other details. so/yad/gd

Ukraine interior minister does not rule out force to solve crisis in east

KIEV (Reuters) - The situation in eastern Ukraine where pro-Russia separatists are holding state buildings in at least two cities will be solved in the next 48 hours and force will be used if negotiations fail, the interior minister said on Wednesday. "There are two options - political and negotiations, and force," the minister Arsen Avakov told journalists on the margins of a government meeting.
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