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Interior Ministry Says Three Pro-Russian Protesters Killed In Eastern Ukraine

People surround a man who was injured during pro-Russian protests near a Ukrainian military base in Mariupol late on April 16.
People surround a man who was injured during pro-Russian protests near a Ukrainian military base in Mariupol late on April 16.
Ukraine's interior minister says three pro-Russian protesters have been killed near Mariupol in eastern Ukraine.

Arsen Avakov issued the statement on his Facebook page on April 17.

Avakov also said 13 activists had been wounded and 63 detained.

Avakov said the deaths occurred as Ukrainian troops repelled an overnight attack on their base. He said some 300 people had mounted the attack using guns and petrol bombs.

Ukraine's Interior Ministry had said in an earlier statement that a crowd of armed protesters arrived at the base and demanded that National Guard troops back their revolt against the country's new pro-Western government.

WATCH: Three pro-Russian militants killed in Mariupol.
Three Pro-Russian Militants Killed In Attack On Ukrainian Basei
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April 17, 2014
Members of the Ukrainian National Guard exchanged fire with pro-Russian militants who tried to storm their base in the city of Mariupol early on April 17. Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said that three attackers were killed and 13 wounded. There were no reports of injuries among the guardsmen. More than 60 militants were detained out of a group of some 300. (AP)

The incident comes ahead of talks later on April 17 in Geneva on the Ukraine crisis involving the United States, Ukraine, Russia, and the European Union.
 
Based on reporting by Reuters, AFP, and Interfax

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