American-Israeli journalist released in east Ukraine - World Israel News :: Haaretz

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An American-Israeli journalist who was held by pro-Russia insurgents in eastern Ukraine for several days says he has been released and is in good condition.

Simon Ostrovsky of Vice News told The Associated Press in a brief call Thursday that he had been freed and was heading to Donetsk, the largest city in Ukraine's tumultuous east. He did not give details of his seizure or his release.

Ostrovsky went missing early Tuesday in the eastern city of Slaviansk, where pro-Russia armed men have seized the police station and another government building.

 http://www.haaretz.com/news/world/1.587267
   
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Pro-Russian checkpoint on fire in Slovyansk - YouTube

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Ukraine: Shooting, violence in Slavyansk town - Hindustan Times

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Shooting was heard and a rebel roadblock was in flames in the insurgent-held flashpoint Ukrainian town of Slavyansk on Thursday, an AFP journalist there said.

Pro-Russian gunmen in the town were retreating to defensive positions as a helicopter flew overhead. One militant said he saw seven Ukrainian army armoured vehicles near the roadblock on fire.

 http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/ukraine-shooting-violence-in-slavyansk-town/article1-1211766.aspx?utm_medium=twitter
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Russian military forces are moving towards Ukraine's border - unconfirmed -

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The SitRep Network: BREAKING NEWS: Ukrainian Army Launches Full-Scale Military Operation In Russian

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The Ukrainian Army has launched a full-scale military operation in the eastern Ukraine city Sloviansk. Sloviansk is completely under controlled by the pro-Russian separatists, and is the center-point of the Pro-Russian movement.

There have been reports of shots fired at a check point outside of Sloviansk, according to AFP and Russian media. Unconfirmed reports have said that there have been casualties on both sides.

Ukrainian armored military vehicles and helicopters have been reported by journalists on the ground near Sloviansk. Ukrainian helicopters have also been circling around the city.

There are also unconfirmed reports that say Russian military forces are moving towards Ukraine's border with signs "peace keeping troopers"

 http://sitrepnetwork.blogspot.com/2014/04/breaking-news-ukrainian-army-launches.html?spref=tw
   
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As Ukraine ends truce, is Russian invasion next?

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 http://www.cnbc.com/id/101605684
   
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2 Helicopters Attacked in Southeastern Ukraine - National Guard :: World :: RIA Novosti

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"Yesterday, at 6:30 p.m. two helicopters of a military unit of the National Guard of Ukraine were patrolling certain areas around the city of Slaviansk, Donetsk Region. They were shelled by unknown persons near the village Rye-Alexandrovka," the National Guard said in a statement.

The aircraft were slightly damaged in the incident, but managed to land safely. The crew were unharmed.

Local militias in Slaviansk and Kramatorsk deny the helicopters were shelled anywhere near their positions.

"We know nothing of the sort. Just another hoax by the Ukrainian media," the Kramatorsk militia commander told RIA Novosti.

 http://en.ria.ru/world/20140424/189342754/2-Helicopters-Attacked-in-Southeastern-Ukraine--National-Guard.html
   
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Video: Mayor in east Ukraine ready 'to turn Slaviansk into battlefield'

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The self-proclaimed mayor of Slaviansk in Ukraine' east remains firm on fighting any Kiev attempt to try to recapture the city, saying that he is prepared to turn the separatist stronghold into a battlefield if necessary.

 http://www.france24.com/en/20140424-video-slaviansk-separatist-mayor-east-ukraine-battlefield-kiev/
   
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