: :inin Kyiv (EET)

Renewed Fighting in Eastern Ukraine Ahead of Possible Truce


Heavy fighting was reported Friday in eastern Ukraine, just hours before Kyiv and rebel leaders were to meet for peace talks that both sides hope can lead to a cease-fire.

Witnesses heard explosions and gunfire on the eastern outskirts of the strategic port city of Mariupol, a continuation of fighting that was also reported there late Thursday.

Renewed gunfire and artillery fire were also heard in Donetsk, the rebels’ main stronghold in eastern Ukraine, from near the city’s airport which remains in government hands.

Ukraine says its forces are trying to repel a big offensive by the rebels to take Mariupol, which sits …read more

Source: Voice of America

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