Ukraine says its blue and yellow flag was flying again over what had been the separatist redoubt of Slaviansk, after military forces drove out rebels. Jillian Kitchener reports.
A victory for Ukrainian government forces. They've recaptured a flashpoint area of eastern Ukraine from pro-Russian rebels. And Ukraine says their flag is flying over Slaviansk once again. (SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian) NATIONAL SECURITY AND DEFENCE COUNCIL OF UKRAINE SPOKESMAN, ANDRIY LYSENKO, SAYING: "Last night rebels who got under intense mortar fire from the Ukrainian troops, tried to escape from surrounded Slaviansk. As the result, one tank, two armored vehicles and two armored personnel carriers belonging to terrorists have been destroyed." Ukraine says a large number of separatists had fled after sustained fire. (SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian) NATIONAL SECURITY AND DEFENSE COUNCIL OF UKRAINE SPOKESMAN, ANDRIY LYSENKO, SAYING: "Reconnaissance units of Ukraine's Armed Forces and National Guard are operating in Slaviansk. Ukraine's president gave an order to restore functioning of state institutions in Slaviansk and to raise (Ukraine's) national flag on the city administration building." A source close to the rebels told Reuters they had been outnumbered by 50 to one.