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Ukraine’s Turchynov Coordinating Military Operation Near Slaviansk

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Ukraine’s interim president and speaker of parliament Oleksandr Turchynov has arrived to a military command facility near the eastern city of Slaviansk and is coordinating the operation of armed forces against independence supporters, the press service of the Ukrainian parliament said Wednesday.

KIEV, June 4 (RIA Novosti) – Ukraine’s interim president and speaker of parliament Oleksandr Turchynov has arrived to a military command facility near the eastern city of Slaviansk and is coordinating the operation of armed forces against independence supporters, the press service of the Ukrainian parliament said Wednesday.

"Today Oleksandr Turchynov left for a command center near Slaviansk in the Donetsk region to coordinate actions of military units involved in the anti-terrorist operation," the statement said.

The press office hasn’t provided information on the precise location of the military post.

On Tuesday, Turchynov instructed Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council to consider imposing martial law on southeastern Donetsk and Luhansk regions, where a military operation is under way.

The Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics declared themselves independent states following the referendums in May and soon started to form governments and law enforcement agencies. The interim Kiev government refused to recognize the legitimacy of any of these decisions and continued the military operation launched mid-April against the independence supporters in the regions. Moscow has repeatedly condemned the new Kiev authorities for what it called "a punitive operation" and stressed the need for de-escalation of the Ukrainian crisis.

On June 3 Russia circulated a draft UN Security Council resolution urging to stop violence in the east of Ukraine and set up humanitarian corridors to allow the civilians to leave the territory of the military operation.

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