Ukraine's Slovyansk marks first anniversary of liberation from Russian-backed militants

08:30, 06 July 2015
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Ukrainian government forces have regained control over the eastern Ukrainian city of Slovyansk a year ago knocking out Russia-backed militants who set up a base for the military operations and forced thousands of residents out of their homes. 

Battle for Slovyansk on July 4, 2014, is believed to be one of the heaviest ones the region has witnessed throughout the Donbas conflict.  

A transport hub, located near the Siverskiy Donetsk canal, which supplies water to the whole Donbas region, and also sitting on one of the biggest shale gas deposits in Europe, Slovyansk remains a strategically important city, and government control over the area is vital.

A year after freeing the city from occupation, the Ukrainian authorities are still facing the challenge of restoring infrastructure and rebuilding public confidence, Ukraine Today reports.

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