• It says the Mi-8 helicopter was hit by a rocket shortly after take-off outside the rebel-held city of Sloviansk

Ukrainian Military Helicopter Shot Down by Pro-Russian Rebels

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The Ukrainian military says one of its helicopters has been shot down by pro-Russian rebels in the east, killing all nine people on board.
It says the Mi-8 helicopter was hit by a rocket shortly after take-off outside the rebel-held city of Sloviansk.
It comes a day after the rebels vowed to observe a ceasefire until Friday, in response to a government peace plan.
But Ukraine’s President says he may end it due to “constant violation by rebels who are controlled from abroad”.
A statement from President Petro Poroshenko’s office said he does not exclude the option to revoke the ceasefire ahead of schedule.
Earlier, Russia’s President warned that the week-long truce was not enough.