Ukrainian Chopper Downed, at Least 12 Dead

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A rebel rocket attack brought down a Ukrainian military helicopter ferrying out troops, including a general, on the outskirts of Slovyansk, killing at least 12 people onboard. The incident highlights the dangers of unfolding guerrilla warfare. (May 29)

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Near Slovyansk, Ukraine - May 29, 2014

1. Wide of plume of smoke rising from downed helicopter

2. Mid of plume of smoke

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Kiev, Ukraine - May 29, 2014

3. Various of acting Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchynov speaking to parliament

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Near Slovyansk - May 29, 2014

4. Ukrainian military fighter jet flying over Slovyansk

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Donetsk, Ukraine - May 29, 2014

5. Various of armed insurgents surrounding government building

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Near Slovyansk - May 29, 2014

6. Various of Ukrainian military checkpoint where to Chilean journalists were detained

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Donetsk, Ukraine - May 29, 2014

7. Mid of armed insurgent walking on roof of government building

8 Tight of armed insurgent in military fatigues

9. Wide of armed insurgent on sidewalk

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Slovyansk, Ukraine - May 29, 2014

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Donetsk, Ukraine - May 25, 2014

10. Wide exterior administration building in Donetsk, with masked militia from the Donetsk People's Republic smashing up confiscated ballot boxes.

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Eastern Ukraine - May 25, 2014

11. Various of residents voting

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Slovyansk, Ukraine - May 29, 2014

12. Mid of Vyacheslav Ponomarev, self-declared mayor of Slovyansk and insurgent leader speaking at news conference

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Moscow, Russia - May 29, 2014

13. Wide of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov entering room

14. Mid of Lavrov at press conference

Kiev, Ukraine- May 26, 2014

15. Wide of Ukraine president elect Petro Poroshenko speaking as camera films him

16.Mid of Petro Poroshenko, Ukrainian president-elect speaking

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Donetsk, Ukraine - May 26, 2014

8. Wide of militia crossing road, gun shot heard

9. Wide of militia in forest

VOICE-OVER SCRIPT:

BLACK SMOKE RISES FROM A UKRAINIAN MILITARY CHOPPER SHOT DOWN BY PRO-RUSSIAN REBELS IN EASTERN UKRAINE -- KILLING AT LEAST A DOZEN SOLDIERS -- INCLUDING A GENERAL.

UKRAINE'S ACTING PRESIDENT OLEKSANDR TUCHYNOV DELIVERED THE NEWS TO PARLIAMENT - SAYING REBELS USED A PORTABLE AIR DEFENSE MISSILE TO BRING DOWN THE CHOPPER.

IN DONETSK -- ARMED SEPARATISTS -- SURROUNDED A GOVERNMENT BUILDING IN A SIGN THAT DIFFERENCES APPEAR TO BE GROWING WITHIN THE RANKS OF THE INSURGENCY.

THE BUILDING HAD BEEN OCCUPIED BY PRO-RUSSIAN ACTIVISTS FOR MORE THAN A MONTH.

THURSDAY -- THE ARMED INSURGENTS SOUGHT TO CLEAR it.

AS KIEV CONTINUES TO TRY TO QUELL THE REBELLION IN THE EAST -- GOVERNMENT TROOPS DETAINED TWO CHILEAN REPORTERS.

MEANWHILE -- AN INSURGENT LEADER CONFIRMED HIS FIGHTERS WERE HOLDING FOUR MISSING OBSERVERS FROM THE ORGANIZATION FOR SECURITY AND COOPERATION IN EUROPE -- KNOWN AS THE O-S-C-E.

THEY TRAVELED TO EASTERN UKRAINE TO MONITOR THE SECURITY SITUATION AND RECENT PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION -- AND DISAPPEARED MONDAY.

NO TIME FRAME HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED FOR THEIR RELEASE -- BUT THE REBEL LEADER SAYS THE OBSERVERS ARE SAFE.

RUSSIA'S FOREIGN MINISTER CALLED FOR QUICK INTERNATIONAL MEDIATION to STOP WHAT HE CALLS KIEV'S "PUNITIVE OPERATION" IN EASTERN UKRAINE.

UKRAINE'S NEW ELECTED PRESIDENT -- PETRO POROSHENKO -- HAS PROMISED TO NEGOTIATE WITH THE SEPARATISTS -- WHILE ALSO VOWING TO CRUSH THE ARMED RESISTANCE.

NED BARKER....ASSOCIATED PRESS.

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