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Ukraine vows offensive as rebels regroup

By Agencies in Kiev and Paris ( China Daily ) Updated: 2014-07-09 07:33:53

Ukraine's government signaled its intention to press on with its campaign against rebels on Tuesday, while the militants, regrouping after losing their stronghold, said they were preparing to fight back.

President Petro Poroshenko, drawing confidence from the fall of the rebel bastion of Sloviansk over the weekend, named a new chief of military operations in the east following his appointment of an aggressive new defense minister who ruled out negotiations until the separatists lay down their arms.

One rebel leader played down the loss of Sloviansk as a military expedient, saying that the hundreds of fighters who were able to move from the town to the regional capital, Donetsk, were preparing a command structure to defend that city and hit back.

Ukraine vows offensive as rebels regroup

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