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Gunfire, Blasts Heard in Eastern Ukraine

Gunfire and large blasts were heard Friday around a rebel-held city in eastern Ukraine. Pro-Russian rebels say the blasts near Slovyansk are part of an attack by Ukrainian forces. Western media saw a military helicopter circling low in the area. A Reuters photographer said he saw the helicopter open fire on the outskirts of the city. The reported attack comes hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin demanded that Ukraine withdraw all military personnel from the troubled region near...

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