Renewed shelling in two cities threatens Ukraine ceasefire




 
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September 7th, 2014  
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Topic: Renewed shelling in two cities threatens Ukraine ceasefire


By Gabriela Baczynska and Aleksandar Vasovic 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. The renewed shelling broke out hours after Russia's President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko had agreed in a telephone call the truce was holding and had discussed ways of getting in humanitarian aid.




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