Ukrainian forces regained control of the port of Mariupol on Friday, raising the national flag over the southeastern city\’s main administrative building, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said.
The government said there had been many casualties after an operation to expel separatists in the city began at dawn on Friday.
The advances appear to be significant victories for the pro-European leadership in a military operation to crush the armed rebellion that began in east Ukraine in April.
Interior Minister Arsen Avakov announced that Ukrainian forces had taken the city less than six hours after the attack began, in a post on Facebook.
An interior ministry aide said that government forces stormed the rebels after they were surrounded and given 10 minutes to surrender, the Reuters news agency reported.
At least five separatists and two Ukrainian soldiers were killed in the battle before many of the rebels fled.
Source – Agencies