It Was A Crazy Bloody Day In The Eastern Ukrainian City Of Mariupol

Fighting between the Ukrainian military and pro-Russian militants left many dead and injured.

2. The street battles began mid-morning after Ukrainian troops moved to retake a police station seized by pro-Russia militants. Mariupol, and other cities in east Ukraine, are set to vote Sunday on a referendum on secession that Kiev has denounced.

3. Both sides disputed the number of dead and wounded. Ukrainian authorities said that 20 pro-Russian militants were dead, while Donestsk medical authorities told The Guardian that three people were killed and 25 wounded.

Here, Ukrainian soldiers fire rounds as a Russian speaker shouts vulgarities. One of those shot is reportedly a journalist.

6. Here, people try to stop an armored Ukrainian tank from moving through the streets of Mariupol, with gunfire and shouts in Russian in the background.

8. The renewed unrest between Ukrainian soldiers and pro-Russian militants coincided with a holiday to celebrate WWII’s end and honor those killed fighting Nazi Germany for the Soviet Union — and stoked fears about the outcome of Sunday’s vote.

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