Rebels in new push to cut off Ukraine rail hub ahead of talks

February 10th, 2015  
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Topic: Rebels in new push to cut off Ukraine rail hub ahead of talks

By Aleksandar Vasovic and Gleb Garanich VUHLEHIRSK/KRAMATORSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - Rebel fighters made a push on Tuesday to cut off a government-held road and rail junction in east Ukraine, vowing on the eve of peace talks that they would not cease fire until they had achieved their aim of taking more territory. Some 30 miles (50 km) north of the front line, in government-held Kramatorsk, rockets slammed into the headquarters of Ukraine's local military operation and a nearby district of residential apartment blocks. Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany are due to hold a summit in Minsk on Wednesday under a new Franco-German initiative to halt fighting that in recent weeks reopened a war which has killed more than 5,000 people. European officials have so far held out minimal hope for the talks, saying the rebels and Moscow have few reasons to halt while they are taking new ground.


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