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Putin: 'Final Hope' Of Peace Ended By Deadly Ukraine Offensive

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May 02, 2014 AT 3:26 AM
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Ukraine had extinguished the final hope of a U.S.-backed peace deal after its forces launched an offensive on pro-Russia separatists Friday. The Ukrainian military began its raid on the occupied city of Slovyansk at dawn in what was its most committed attempt to dislodge separatists occupying government buildings across its Russian-speaking, industrial east. Two Ukrainian helicopters were shot down killing at least two people, both sides said. The separatists claimed their forces shot down a third helicopter and said one of their own fighters had also been killed, according to Russia’s Interfax news agency.