Ukraine, Russia trade blame for a shootout in eastern Ukraine that leaves 3 dead

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Associated Press

Posted on April 20, 2014 at 11:07 AM

Updated Sunday, Apr 20 at 1:04 PM

BYLBASIVKA, Ukraine (AP) — The self-proclaimed mayor of Slovyansk in eastern Ukraine is appealing to Russia to send in peacekeeping troops after a shootout at checkpoint near the city manned by pro-Russia insurgents.

The Ukrainian Interior Ministry says three people died in the attack and three others were wounded. The statement says some of the attackers were also killed or wounded, but the ministry did not have a number.

Russia is blaming militant Ukrainian nationalists for the incident while the Ukrainian government says it was staged by provocateurs from outside the country.

The armed clash appears to be the first since an international agreement was reached last week in Geneva to ease tensions in eastern Ukraine, where armed pro-Russia activists have seized government buildings in at least 10 cities.

Ukraine and many in the West fear that clashes such as today's could provide a pretext for Russia to seize more Ukrainian territory.

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APPHOTO GFX2043: Map locates village in eastern Ukraine where a shootout left one person dead and several others injured.; 2c x 3 inches; 96.3 mm x 76 mm; (20 Apr 2014)

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APPHOTO XEL110: An airborne tank of pro-Russian insurgents take position in the center of Slovyansk, eastern Ukraine, Sunday, April 20, 2014. Pro-Russian insurgents defiantly refused to surrender their weapons or give up government buildings in eastern Ukraine, despite a diplomatic accord reached in Geneva and overtures from the government in Kiev. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky) (20 Apr 2014)

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APPHOTO XEL104: A pro-Russian gunman watches a local police officer, right, as he inspects the area after a night fight at the check point which was under the control of pro-Russian activists in the village of Bulbasika near Slovyansk, Ukraine, Sunday, April 20, 2014. At least one person was killed in the clash. Pro-Russian insurgents defiantly refused to surrender their weapons or give up government buildings in eastern Ukraine, despite a diplomatic accord reached in Geneva and overtures from the government in Kiev. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky) (20 Apr 2014)

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APPHOTO XEL105: Local police officers inspect burnt-out cars after a night fight at the check point which is under the control of pro-Russian activists in the village of Bulbasika near Slovyansk, Ukraine, Sunday, April 20, 2014. At least one person was killed. Pro-Russian insurgents defiantly refused to surrender their weapons or give up government buildings in eastern Ukraine, despite a diplomatic accord reached in Geneva and overtures from the government in Kiev. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky) (20 Apr 2014)

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