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Ukraine forces move against separatists

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SLOVYANSK, Ukraine — Ukrainian security forces resumed an anti-separatist operation today near Slovyansk, a district center in the eastern part of the country that had been seized by armed pro-Russia gunmen in April, an official said.

Nine separatist checkpoints were stormed and captured on the outskirts of Slovyansk as the town was tightly surrounded by government troops, said acting Interior Minister Arsen Avakov.

The separatists responded with heavy fire including grenade launchers and portable antiaircraft rocket systems, Avakov said. The…

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