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© FRANCE 24 | A woman makes a camouflage net in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slaviansk

Text by Gulliver CRAGG

Latest update : 2015-04-15

Ukraine marks one year on Wednesday since it began military operations against pro-Russian separatists in the east. But what was supposed to be a swift intervention has turned into a protracted conflict that has claimed more than 6,000 lives.

The anniversary comes amid renewed violence at several points along the frontline, despite a ceasefire agreed two months ago.

The anti-terrorist operation, as Ukraine’s government calls it, was launched in response to the armed takeover of Slaviansk.

After a shaky start Ukrainian forces managed to reclaim control of the city four months later – but the separatists regrouped farther south, and tensions continue to run high in Slaviansk, FRANCE 24’s correspondent Gulliver Cragg reports.

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Date created : 2015-04-15

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