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In Ukraine's rebel capital daily life is fraught with deadly danger

Donetsk - Civilians queuing for aid handouts in Ukraine's rebel stronghold of Donetsk on Friday became the five latest casualties of a conflict which makes daily life a gamble, for those who haven't already fled.

Twelve people, including seven civilians, killed in east Ukraine

Kiev - Twelve people, including seven civilians, were killed in the past 24 hours in clashes between government forces and pro-Russian rebels in east Ukraine, officials said Friday.

Ukraine rebels vow to push offensive if talks fail

Kiev - Pro-Russian separatists vowed on Friday to push their latest offensive in eastern Ukraine further if truce talks with Kiev's pro-Western leaders fail as the bitter conflict killed another 19 civilians.

Ukrainians flee frontline town under daily crossfire

Verbovka - Wheeling suitcases and hauling bags, residents of Svitlodarsk peered into a bus departing from this heavily shelled east Ukrainian town. "Is there still room?" one woman asked, anxious to send her teenage son to safety.

Poroshenko and US press Putin on Ukraine violence

Kiev - Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko appealed to Russia's Vladimir Putin while Washington threatened tougher measures should Moscow fail to rein in separatists mounting a new offensive in the east of the ex-Soviet republic.

U.S. threatens tougher action against Russia over Ukraine

Kiev - U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said on Wednesday that Washington was ready to increase sanctions on Russia over its actions in war-torn Ukraine.

Shelling briefly traps 500 miners in east Ukraine

Donetsk - Nearly 500 coal miners in Ukraine's war-torn east were briefly trapped underground on Monday after their pit lost power when a shell hit an electricity substation.

Ukraine rebel offensive marks dangerous new stage in conflict

Kiev - A major offensive in eastern Ukraine by rebels allegedly backed by Russia has marked a dangerous new stage in the nine-month conflict and dashed hopes for a truce, pressuring Western nations to act.

Ukrainian port city divided after deadly rocket attack

Mariupol - Outside the church a day after a barrage of rocket fire killed 30 people in this Ukrainian port city, the war-torn region's divisions were on full display.

More than nine months of bloodshed in Ukraine

Kiev - Tension is again mounting in Ukraine after a weekend rocket assault on the strategic government-held port city of Mariupol that left 30 dead and 95 injured, as separatists threatened a new offensive.

UN Security Council to meet on Ukraine crisis after deadly clashes

Kiev - The UN Security Council will hold a special meeting Monday on the violence in eastern Ukraine after a rocket barrage blamed on Kremlin-backed rebels killed 30 and threatened to open up a new front in the war.

Pressure mounts on Russia as Ukraine rebels launch bloody offensive

Mariupol - World leaders on Sunday ramped up pressure on Moscow to stop pro-Kremlin rebels from pursuing a major new Ukrainian offensive after rockets killed 30 people in a strategic government-held port.

Ukraine rebels vow new offensive as rockets kill 30

Mariupol - Pro-Kremlin rebels in eastern Ukraine announced a major new offensive after heavy rocket fire killed at least 30 people in the government-held port of Mariupol, sparking international calls for Moscow to stop backing the separatists.

Rockets fired on Ukraine's Mariupol from rebel territory: OSCE

Kiev - Heavy rockets that killed at least 30 people on Saturday in Ukraine's government-held port of Mariupol were fired from territory controlled by pro-Russian rebels, international monitors said.

Rebel leader announces launch of assault on Ukraine's Mariupol

Kiev - A top pro-Russian rebel on Saturday announced the launch of a major offensive on Ukraine's government-held port of Mariupol, confirming responsibility for rocket fire that killed at least 20 people.

Ukraine rebels announce new offensive as rockets kill 30

Mariupol - Pro-Kremlin rebels announced a major new offensive on Saturday after Grad rocket fire killed at least 30 people in a strategic government-held Ukrainian port linking separatist territory with Russian-occupied Crimea.

Ukraine rebels vow to conquer more territory in war-torn east

Donetsk - Pro-Russian rebels on Friday vowed to conquer more territory in eastern Ukraine and ruled out peace talks after Kiev retreated from a long-disputed airport, casting aside Europe's latest push for a truce.

Ukraine troops cede prized airport to pro-Russia rebels

Kiev - Ukraine's military on Thursday said days of unceasing artillery strikes by pro-Russian insurgents had forced its soldiers to abandon a shattered airport that had become the symbolic prize of the nine-month war.

Rebels parade Ukrainian POWs through shelled city

Donetsk - Captured Ukrainian soldiers were paraded through the rebel-held city of Donetsk on Thursday and forced to kneel before angry locals who spat and pelted them with snowballs and shards of glass.

Ukraine leader says pro-Russia rebels paid 'high price' for attacks

Kiev - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Thursday that pro-Russian rebels had paid a "high price" for their escalating attacks on government forces across the separatist east.
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