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Ukraine Liveblog Day 81: Fighting Breaks Out in Mariupol on Victory Day

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Defacing The Dead in Mariupol
One of the dead is seen in this video wearing a yellow and blue ribbon, the colors of the Ukrainian flag. Separatists berate him and one tried to remove the armband.
In another video that is extremely graphic the man who was shot in the head in the cafe appears to still have a pulse. It's still not likely he survived his injury, however.
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The City Council Building in Mariupol Reportedly On Fire
Some late-breaking news:
From the looks of it this is a significant fire.
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Twelve Year Old Reportedly Shot In Slavyansk

According to the Voice of Russia, one the Kremlin's news/propaganda outlets, a twelve year old boy wearing a St. George's ribbon was shot in Slavyansk, and the city has been attacked again by Ukrainian forces:

"The child was simply taking a walk, when the shots were heard. He was shot in the chest and shoulder," one of the victim's relatives told RIA Novosti.

The boy was rushed to the hospital and is currently undergoing a surgery. Machine gun was fired near the flower market in the center of Slavyansk.

Earlier Friday the sounds of shooting were heard from the outskirts of the city. At about 17:00 Moscow time (13:00 GMT) forces supporting the coup-installed government in Kiev launched an assault on a roadblock near the village of Andreyevka near the city, held by pro-federalization protesters.

Local self-defense forces said they came under assault rifle fire. No casualties were reported so far.

Earlier there were reports of helicopters circling the city of Slavyansk, but we have yet to determine what has transpired there.

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Who Fired First In Mariupol?

Looking again at that last video, which is GRAPHIC, there is something we missed. At 1:11, a gunshot hits near the ground where two Ukrainian soldiers (red arrows) and the protester on his knees can be seen. In other videos it looked as though the man on his knees fired a gun, but in this video you can clearly see that this puff of white smoke (red box) is actually an impact from a bullet.

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But where did the bullet come from? The bullet hits dangerously close to two different Ukrainian soldiers, neither of whom fire a shot. Did someone in the crowd fire at the soldiers, which prompted the soldiers to shoot? Is there a sniper we can't see in the video?

It's also not clear from any of these angles how the man who was killed received his fatal shot to the head.

We know that some of the civilians in this street were armed, and some here and elsewhere were harassing the Ukrainian military convoys. We also know that all of this took place after a Ukrainian police station was attacked by gunmen, prompting the military response.

But in this street, who fired first? It's still not clear.

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Did This Soldier Shoot Unarmed Civilians?

Now yet another video shows that the men identified below as possible gunmen may not have been armed at all. In fact, those men appear to be challenging a Ukrainian soldier who could not be seen in the other angles.

The video is graphic.

In this video, one of the men crawls over on his knees to confront the soldier. Another man appears to show some sort of badge. Both are shot.

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We still know that some in the crowd had guns and fired at the Ukrainian soldiers after the journalist was shot, but it's not clear at all where the gunfire is coming from at the start of the video, and from the looks of things, at least two of the civilians who were shot were not armed.

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