Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EYE ON AFRICA

Malawi: HIV-infected man paid to have sex with girls arrested

Read more

ACROSS AFRICA

Meet Omar, the 10-year-old chef who became a social media star

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Gigantic snails are a delicacy in Ivory Coast

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

La vie en gris: The story behind France's famed rooftops

Read more

REPORTERS

Video: Olympic refugee team goes for gold

Read more

FOCUS

Taiwan's nuclear dumping ground

Read more

ENCORE!

Greece: Creativity in a time of crisis

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

French growth grinds to a halt over strikes

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Norway will 'move mountains' for Nordic neighbour Finland

Read more

Europe

LIVE: Ukraine launches offensive to retake city of Slaviansk

© Afp

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-05-02

Ukrainian forces launched a large-scale military operation that included an air assault in the early hours of Friday to retake the eastern town of Slaviansk, where administrative buildings have been seized by pro-Russian separatists.

  • Ukraine's defence ministry confirmed reports that two helicopters had been shot down and that their pilots had been killed in the operation, which marks Kiev's largest military response yet to the seizure of local administration buildings by pro-Russian separatists in several eastern Ukrainian cities.
  • The Ukrainian Security Service said its forces were fighting "highly skilled" foreign militias in Sloviansk, the Associated Press reported.
  • Ukraine's acting interior minister, Arsen Avakov, said on his official Facebook page that government troops had so far managed to take control of nine checkpoints on roads around Sloviansk despite meeting fierce resistance.

Smartphone and tablet users can follow this live blog by clicking here.

If you have any problems viewing the blog, please click F5.

 

 

 

 

Date created : 2014-05-02

  • UKRAINE

    The eastern Ukrainian towns seized by pro-Moscow separatists

    Read more

  • UKRAINE

    Pro-Russians seize prosecutor’s office in Ukraine’s Donetsk

    Read more

  • Ukraine

    Police ‘helpless’ as separatists tighten grip on eastern Ukraine

    Read more

COMMENT(S)