April 13, 2014
Ukraine’s government said on Sunday it was sending security forces into the eastern city of Slaviansk where pro-Russian militants have seized control in what Kiev describes as an act of aggression by the Kremlin.
Any operation to dislodge the armed militants risks tipping the stand-off into a new, dangerous phase because Moscow has warned it will act to protect eastern Ukraine’s Russian-speakers if they come under attack.
Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said security units from across the country had been brought in to launch an “anti-terrorist operation” to re-assert Kiev’s control in Slaviansk.
A Reuters reporter in the city, about 150 km (90 miles) from the Ukraine-Russia border, said two military helicopters were flying over the town’s police headquarters where militants were holed up.