Ukraine Liveblog Day 74: Helicopters Shot Down in Slavyansk

May 2, 2014
Ukrainian Soldiers at a destroyed separatist checkpoint today in Andreevka, just outside Slavyansk. Photo: AFP Photo / Vasily Maximov

At least two Ukrainian helicopters have been shot down over the eastern town of Slavyansk. Russian, or Russian-backed fighters there have used surface-to-air missiles in a serious escalation of force as the Ukrainian government mounts a concerted effort to retake the town.

Yesterday’s liveblog can be found here. For an overview and analysis of this developing story see our latest podcast.

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