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Ukraine Sees Firefights in 2 Cities as Russia Aggression: Avakov

Ukrainian police exchanged fire with unidentified gunmen in Kramatorsk, Donetsk region, acting Interior Minister Arsen Avakov says on Facebook account. * Police with help of local militia repelled a separate attack in Krasnyi Liman: Avakov. * Attackers in Krasnyi Liman carried AK-100 assault rifles, which are only used by Russian army: Avakov. * “The Ukrainian govt treats today’s events as evidence of external aggression from Russia”: Avakov. * Ukrainian police and Interior Ministry units are carrying out “operational reaction plan”: Avakov. * Police, State Security Service offices continued to be “blockaded” in Slovyansk: Avakov. * Attackers destroyed mobile phone towers in Slovyansk: Avakov. * NOTE: Ukraine’s Acting President Oleksandr Turchynov called emergency meeting of country’s National Security and Defense Council in Kiev at 9 p.m. * NOTE: Pro-Kremlin protesters have also seized police office in Donetsk, local police head submitted resignation. * NOTE: Ukraine Tension Mounts as Gunmen Seize East Police Stations (1) NSN N3XCD66K50XS <GO>

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