Ukraine says one pilot killed, others wounded in attack by Slaviansk rebels

by Reuters
Friday, 2 May 2014 05:59 GMT

KIEV, May 2 (Reuters) - Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said on Friday a pilot had been killed and others wounded after pro-Russian separatists in the eastern town of Slaviansk used anti-aircraft missiles against Kiev's forces.

On his Facebook page, Avakov posted: "Against Ukraine's special forces, terrorists used heavy artillery, including grenade launchers and portable anti-aircraft missile launchers. One pilot is dead and there are wounded."

He accused the separatists of employing professional mercenaries. (reporting by Elizabeth Piper, editing by Timothy Heritage)

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