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In Photos: Aftermath of Deadly Shootout in Eastern Ukraine

Ukrainian authorities announced a "counter-terrorism operation" against the gunmen, who are calling for a Crimea style-referendum.

by VICE News
Apr 13 2014, 8:45pm

Photo by Frederick Paxton

A Ukrainian state security officer was killed in Sloviansk, a day after pro-Russia gunmen stormed police and administration buildings in three new eastern Ukrainian towns.

Ukrainian authorities announced a "counter-terrorism operation" against the gunmen, who are calling for a Crimea style-referendum in Ukraine's east, but Ukrainian troops fled Sloviansk after a gunfight with unknown militants left one of their men dead and a number of others wounded.

VICE News was at the scene of the shootout and a video dispatch is coming soon. All photos by Frederick Paxton.

Pro-Russia protesters took control of Sloviansk, a city in eastern Ukraine, and occupied police and security services headquarters to demand a Crimea-style referendum.

Unrest spreads as Ukraine cracks down on Russian acts of ‘aggression’. Read more here.

Pro-Russia protesters took control of Sloviansk, a city in eastern Ukraine, and occupied police and security services headquarters to demand a Crimea-style referendum.

Things in Ukraine have been heating up again — with brawls in parliament, violent clashes, and official buildings seized by separatists. Read more here.

Pro-Russia protesters took control of Sloviansk, a city in eastern Ukraine, and occupied police and security services headquarters to demand a Crimea-style referendum.

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Pro-Russia protesters took control of Sloviansk, a city in eastern Ukraine, and occupied police and security services headquarters to demand a Crimea-style referendum.

Catch up on our latest dispatch: Russian Roulette: The Invasion of Ukraine here.

A firefight between Ukrainian forces and unknown gunmen broke out on the outskirts of Sloviansk a day after pro-Russia protesters took control of the city. Ukrainian authorities said a member of state security was killed and a number of people were injured.

Armed men seize police building in Eastern Ukraine. Read more here.

A firefight between Ukrainian forces and unknown gunmen broke out on the outskirts of Sloviansk a day after pro-Russia protesters took control of the city. Ukrainian authorities said a member of state security was killed and a number of people were injured.

In Photos: Inside an occupied building with Pro-Russia separatists. Check it out here.

A firefight between Ukrainian forces and unknown gunmen broke out on the outskirts of Sloviansk a day after pro-Russia protesters took control of the city. Ukrainian authorities said a member of state security was killed and a number of people were injured.

A firefight between Ukrainian forces and unknown gunmen broke out on the outskirts of Sloviansk a day after pro-Russia protesters took control of the city. Ukrainian authorities said a member of state security was killed and a number of people were injured.

Protesters in Ukraine are demanding a referendum that is similar to what led to the annexation of Crimea by Russia last month. See photos here.

A firefight between Ukrainian forces and unknown gunmen broke out on the outskirts of Sloviansk a day after pro-Russia protesters took control of the city. Ukrainian authorities said a member of state security was killed and a number of people were injured.