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In Photos: Ukraine Launches 'Counter-Terrorism' Mission

VICE News was on the scene as the 2nd day of region-wide operation billed by Ukrainian officials as "counter-terrorism" mission kicked off.

by VICE News
Apr 16 2014, 7:10pm

Photo by Frederick Paxton

Pro-Russia forces are in control of several cities in the eastern part of Ukraine.

Kiev’s anti-terror campaign kicked off Tuesday with an attack on a military airbase in Kramatorsk, north of Donetsk, that had been captured by pro-Russia groups.

VICE News was on the scene as the second day of region-wide operation billed by the Ukrainian authorities as a "counter-terrorism" mission kicked off. All photos by Frederick Paxton.

Pro-Russia militants in Sloviansk ride on armored personnel carriers captured from Ukrainian troops in the second day of an unsuccessful Ukrainian region-wide “counter-terrorism” operation.

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Pro-Russia militants in Sloviansk ride on armored personnel carriers captured from Ukrainian troops in the second day of an unsuccessful Ukrainian region-wide “counter-terrorism” operation.

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Pro-Russia militants pose for photographs with locals in Sloviansk on armored personnel carriers captured from Ukrainian troops in the second day of an unsuccessful Ukrainian region-wide “counter-terrorism” operation.

More brawls erupt as Kiev's deadline for occupiers passes. Read more here.

It is the second day of an unsuccessful region-wide operation billed by the Ukrainian authorities as a "counter-terrorism" mission.

The Ukrainian Defense Ministry said that pro-Russia militia took control of armored vehicles in eastern Ukraine as military operations were underway.

A low-flying jet bearing Ukrainian colors can be seen buzzing the area in this footage.

A column of Ukrainian troops was stopped by a crowd of pro-Russia protesters in Kramatorsk on the second day of an unsuccessful region-wide operation billed by the Ukrainian authorities as a "counter-terrorism" mission.

Ukraine has launched an anti-terror campaign against pro-Russia forces. Read more here.

A column of Ukrainian troops was stopped by a crowd of pro-Russia protesters in Kramatorsk on the second day of an unsuccessful region-wide operation billed by the Ukrainian authorities as a "counter-terrorism" mission.

Pro-Russia militants disarm a convoy of Ukrainian troops in Kramatorsk on the second day of an unsuccessful attempt by the authorities in Kiev to regain control over the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine.

Pro-Russia militants disarm a convoy of Ukrainian troops in Kramatorsk on the second day of an unsuccessful attempt by the authorities in Kiev to regain control over the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine.