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At least a dozen armed men in camouflage seized a police station in a small town in eastern Ukraine on Saturday morning as tensions in the country's Russia-speaking regions intensify.The town of Slovyansk is about 55 miles south of the regional center, Donetsk, where pro-Russian protesters have occupied a government building for nearly a week. Protesters hoisted the Russian flag above the building, photos and videos from the scene showed.The men who stormed the police station haven't presented any demands, the Ukrainian Interior Ministry said.Minister Arsen Avakov pledged a "very tough response" to the seizure while local media reported special forces dispatched to the area.Videos on a local website showed several men armed with machine guns in balaclavas guarding the entrance to the police station. They are all wearing St. George's ribbons, a symbol of the Soviet Union's victory in WWII, which has become a symbol of pro-Russian protesters in eastern Ukraine.Gunshots rang out in a vide...

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