12 Ukrainians die in downed copter

General among rebel strike’s victims

Posted: May 30, 2014 at 5:40 a.m.

Smoke rises from a Ukrainian army helicopter shot down by pro-Russia rebels Thursday outside Slovyansk.

In another blow to Ukraine's armed forces, rebels shot down a troop helicopter Thursday, killing at least 12 soldiers, including a general who had served in the Soviet army and was in charge of combat training.

A Ukrainian soldier guards a checkpoint Thursday outside Slovyansk near where at least a dozen soldiers died when a helicopter was shot down by rebels...

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