Al Jazeera America reports here on a shootout in Eastern Ukraine that claims at least two lives.
Gunfire erupted near a makeshift checkpoint set up by pro-Russian separatists near Slavyansk in eastern Ukraine early on Sunday, killing at least two people.
The armed clash appeared 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.
Though police on the interior ministry website said one person was killed and three others received gunshot wounds in the incident involving “two groups of civilians,” Reuters witnesses at the scene saw two dead bodies in a truck.
A separatist fighter put the death tally higher, saying the attackers — whom he said were Ukrainian ultra-nationalists — killed one separatist immediately and two others in ensuing shooting after arriving in cars at the checkpoint and opening fire.