The self-defense forces in Slavyansk are checking reports about heavy fatalities in fighting in different parts of the city.
"Fighting is continuing. We have not yet halted the enemy's advance deep into the city, but all this came with a price to us. We have lost many, perhaps more than 20 people," a spokesman for the self-defense headquarters told Interfax.
He said he meant the militia. Casualties among civilians are not known yet, he said.
Several bullets hit a gas station, which exploded, he also said.
No official confirmation of the report about fatalities in the fighting in Slavyansk is available to Interfax so far.
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