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Ukraine drives out rebels, braces for Russian gas cut

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Resurgent Ukrainian forces hoisted the national flag over a strategic rebel-held port on Friday while the embattled leaders in Kiev made urgent preparations for a looming Russian gas cut. 

An exterior view is seen through a window shattered by bullets at the headquarters of separatist militias of the self-proclaimed "Donetsk People's Republic" in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol on June 13, 2014

Ukraine's new Western-backed President Petro Poroshenko celebrated the soldiers' "heroism" by proclaiming the industrial Sea of Azov city of Mariupol the new temporary capital of Donetsk -- an eastern rustbelt region overrun by pro-Russian gunmen for the past two months.

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