NEWSLINK: Dozens die in Odessa, rebels down Ukraine helicopters

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[“Dozens die in Odessa, rebels down Ukraine helicopters” – Reuters – 5.2.14]

Reuters covers violent unrest in Ukraine, including military action against rebels in eastern Ukraine, the later shooting down military helicopters.

In addition, unrest unfolded in Odessa [which is not in eastern Ukraine, yet is closer to Moldova, a country which some commentators might be on Russia's list of lands to destabilize or divide].  Deaths occurred in Odessa, apparently as a result of a fire that was set.

Dozens of people were killed in a fire and others were shot dead when fighting between pro- and anti-Russian groups broke out on the streets of Odessa on Ukraine’s Black Sea coast on Friday, opening a new front in a conflict that has split the country.

In the east, pro-Russian separatists brought down two Ukrainian military helicopters involved in a pre-dawn operation to try to dislodge the militants from their strongholds in the town of Slaviansk.

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