Pro-Russian separatists ambush Donetsk convoy

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IOL pic may13 ukraine crisis Reuters An armoured vehicle carrying pro-Russian rebels patrols in the streets of the eastern Ukrainian city of Slaviansk on May 12, 2014. Picture: Yannis Behrakis

Kiev - Armed pro-Russian separatists ambushed a convoy of Ukrainian self-defence fighters near Ukraine's eastern city of Donetsk on Friday, two days before a presidential election, and some soldiers have been wounded, military sources said.

“They (the separatists) are using automatic weapons, snipers and grenade launchers against the battalion,” Semen Semenchenko, the commander of a pro-Ukrainian militia group called the Donbass region battalion, said on his Facebook page.

Yuri Bereza, the commander of pro-Ukrainian self-defence forces in a nearby region who had headed to the scene, told Reuters by telephone: “The fighting is still going on, we are evacuating the wounded.” He gave no figure for the wounded.

On Thursday, at least 13 Ukrainian servicemen were killed in a firefight with rebel gunmen south of Donetsk, an industrial hub where the separatists have proclaimed a 'people's republic' and have vowed to disrupt Sunday's presidential election. - Reuters

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