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Slavyansk (Ukraine) (AFP) - It's a welcome more suited for rock stars and matinee idols, not necessarily black-masked soldiers in camouflage here to protect a rebellion. "You're our heroes! We love you!" the crowd clamours, smartphones in hand to capture history in this eastern Ukrainian town of Slavyansk with a population of 140,000, pro-Moscow Russian speakers in their vast majority. Slavyansk is now part of a Kiev-ruled Ukraine in name only. Ukraine vowed to take the town back, and on Sunday deployed a significant loyalist force to do so.