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The Ukrainian Army has been intensifying its military crackdown on pro-Russian rebels in Slavyansk, Ukraine. 14 Ukrainian Army soldiers were killed, including an army general, when rebels shot down a Ukrainian Army helicopter over the city. As the situation has deteriorated, civilians have been caught in the crossfire and a local psychiatric hospital has been shelled.
Also killed were Italian journalist Andrea Rocchelli and his interpreter Andrey Mironov who died when they were hit by mortar fire in Slavyansk.
These photos illustrate the chaos of Slavyansk between May 24-29, 2014. Included in the photos is 65-year-old local woman Olga Prokhorenko, who was killed by shrapnel from a mortar shell. Images also show damage done to civilian infrastructure, including the home of a local Meskhetian Turk, and smoke rising from the area of the downed Ukrainian military helicopter.
Yasinov Sanwar, of the minority Meskhetian Turks community, stands in front of his house on the outskirts of Slavyansk that was hit by an artillery shell on the morning of May 29, 2014. His neighbors say the shell was fired from a Ukrainian Army position on nearby Karachun Mountain.
The heavily damaged home of Yasinov Sanwar of the minority Meskhetian Turks community on the outskirts of Slavyansk in eastern Ukraine. Neighbors say the house was hit by an artillery shell fired from a Ukrainian Army position on nearby Karachun Mountain on May 29, 2014.