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Charred checkpoints on road to Ukraine's rebel stronghold

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The smouldering wreckage of rebel checkpoints, locals in makeshift balaclavas brandishing sawn-off shotguns and besieged cities on edge: this is the journey towards eastern Ukraine's separatist-held bastion of Slavyansk. 

Pro-Russian activists work to extinguish burning tyres on their barricade in the village Andreevka near the eastern Ukranian city of Slavyansk on May 4, 2014

Outside the town of Kostyantynivka, some 50 kilometres (30 miles) north of the regional capital Donetsk, smoke spews from the charred and deserted remains of a rebel barricade where a day earlier militants in ski-masks clutched pistols as they searched passing vehicles.

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