Ukrainian forces retake city hall in eastern port of Mariupol

by Reuters
Wednesday, 7 May 2014 06:04 GMT

KIEV, May 7 (Reuters) - Ukrainian forces have retaken city hall in the eastern port of Mariupol, Ukrainian media said on Wednesday, after heavy fighting with pro-Russian militants overnight.

Ukraine's Channel 5 television said the National Guard had seized the building, forcing rebels into the streets, where they blocked the main thoroughfare, burning tyres and a trolleybus. By Wednesday morning, traffic could again move.

The report could not be immediately confirmed. (Reporting by Elizabeth Piper, editing by Nigel Stephenson)

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