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Sep 9, 2014

Ukraine death toll edges up despite ceasefire

KIEV/MARIUPOL Ukraine (Reuters) – Four Ukrainian servicemen have been killed since the start of a ceasefire between government forces and pro-Russian separatists last Friday in eastern Ukraine, a defense ministry official was quoted on Tuesday as saying.

The ceasefire is part of a peace plan intended to end a five-month-old conflict the United Nations says has killed more than 3,000 people. It has also caused the sharpest confrontation between Russia and the West since the Cold War.

Sep 9, 2014

Ukraine president visits frontline city amid ‘shaky’ ceasefire

MARIUPOL/DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko visited the eastern port of Mariupol on Monday and promised to deal a “crushing defeat” to pro-Russian rebels massed on the edge of town if they tried to advance in violation of a ceasefire agreement.

“I have ordered (the military) to secure the defense of Mariupol with howitzers, multiple rocket launchers, tanks, anti-tank weapons and air cover,” Poroshenko told a crowd of steel workers in the port on the Sea of Azov near the Russian border.

Sep 8, 2014

‘Shaky’ Ukraine ceasefire holding, president to visit frontline city

MARIUPOL/DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) – A ceasefire struck between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatists was largely holding on Monday in eastern Ukraine, although Kiev accused the rebels of sporadic violations overnight, especially near the port of Mariupol.

The ceasefire, which took effect on Friday evening, is part of a peace plan intended to end a five-month conflict the United Nations’ human rights envoy said on Monday had killed more than 3,000 people. It has also caused the sharpest confrontation between Russia and the West since the Cold War.

Sep 8, 2014

Ceasefire in east Ukraine frays, woman killed by shelling

DONETSK/MARIUPOL Ukraine (Reuters) – A woman died and at least four people were wounded when fighting flared again in eastern Ukraine overnight into Sunday, jeopardizing a ceasefire struck less than two days earlier between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatists.

The accord, brokered by envoys from Ukraine, the separatist leadership, Russia and Europe’s OSCE security watchdog, is part of a peace plan intended to end a five-month conflict that has killed nearly 3,000 people and caused the sharpest confrontation between Russia and the West since the Cold War.

Sep 7, 2014

Renewed shelling in two cities threatens Ukraine ceasefire

DONETSK/MARIUPOL Ukraine (Reuters) – Shelling erupted in eastern Ukraine’s strategic port Mariupol and its biggest city Donetsk overnight, threatening a ceasefire struck less than two days earlier between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatists.

The ceasefire, brokered by envoys from Ukraine, the separatist leadership, Russia and Europe’s OSCE security watchdog on Friday in Minsk, is part of a peace plan intended to end a five-month conflict that has killed nearly 3,000 people.

Sep 7, 2014

Artillery attack challenges ceasefire in east Ukraine

KIEV/MARIUPOL Ukraine (Reuters) – Ukrainian government forces came under artillery fire late on Saturday near the strategic port of Mariupol in eastern Ukraine, in the first serious violation of a ceasefire declared only about 30 hours earlier.

The presidents of Russia and Ukraine had earlier said the ceasefire, part of a peace road-map intended to end five months of conflict, was largely holding across eastern Ukraine, where Kiev’s forces have been battling pro-Russian separatists.

Sep 6, 2014

Uneasy calm holds in eastern Ukraine after ceasefire

DONESTSK/MARIUPOL Ukraine (Reuters) – A ceasefire struck between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine was largely holding on Saturday, though residents and combatants said it was likely to prove a brief interlude before renewed fighting.

Underlining the fragility of the truce, approved on Friday by envoys from Ukraine, the separatist leadership, Russia and the OSCE security watchdog, some residents in rebel-held Donetsk reported sporadic shelling overnight on the city outskirts.

Sep 5, 2014

Fighting between Ukrainian army, rebels subsides as ceasefire begins

MARIUPOL/DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) – Heavy fighting between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian rebels appeared to subside after envoys meeting in Minsk approved a peace deal that included a ceasefire taking effect from 1500 GMT (11.00 a.m. EDT) on Friday.

Minutes after the ceasefire was due to come into force, three explosions were heard north of the city of Donetsk. It was not immediately clear how serious the blasts were.

Sep 5, 2014

Heavy clashes between Ukraine forces, rebels before expected ceasefire

MARIUPOL/DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) – Fighting raged between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian rebels just east of the strategic port of Mariupol on Friday, shortly before envoys from Ukraine and Russia were expected to announce a ceasefire as the starting point for a wider peace plan.

Sustained mortar 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.

Sep 5, 2014

Ukraine forces shell rebels near key port hours before possible ceasefire

MARIUPOL, Ukraine, Sept 5 (Reuters) – Ukrainian forces
pounded pro-Russian rebels to the east of the port of Mariupol
on Friday, hours before envoys from Ukraine and Russia were
expected to announce a ceasefire as the starting point for a
wider peace plan.

Ukraine says its forces are trying to repel a big offensive
by the rebels to take Mariupol, a port city of around 500,000 on
the Sea of Azov crucial for its steel exports. It stands about
halfway between Russia and the Russian-annexed Crimea region.