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Apr 24, 2014 6:52 AM by Associated Press

Clash in east Ukraine leave at least 2 dead

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) - The Ukrainian government and pro-Russia insurgents report at least two deaths on the pro-Russia side during clashes in east Ukraine.

The Ukrainian Interior Ministry said in a statement that military and special police forces killed "up to five terrorists" on Thursday while destroying three checkpoints on a road north of the city of Slovyansk.

A spokeswoman for the Slovyansk insurgents, Stella Khorosheva, said she could confirm that at least two pro-Russia fighters were killed.

The fighting was the first since acting President Oleksandr Turchynov on Tuesday ordered the resumption of military operations in east Ukraine, where pro-Russia protesters and masked gunmen have seized government buildings and set up checkpoints along the roads.

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