Ukraine keeps up anti-rebel offensive with nervous eye on Russia




 
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Ukraine keeps up anti-rebel offensive with nervous eye on Russia
 
August 5th, 2014  
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Topic: Ukraine keeps up anti-rebel offensive with nervous eye on Russia


Ukraine keeps up anti-rebel offensive with nervous eye on Russia
By Richard Balmforth KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian government forces, backed by warplanes, kept up a military offensive to claw back lost territory from pro-Russian separatists on Tuesday while casting a nervous eye at Russian military exercises over the border. Kiev's military said government forces had clashed 26 times with separatists in the Russian-speaking east in the 24 hours up to Tuesday morning, while fighter jets had struck at rebel positions and concentrations of military equipment. Tension rose further with Ukraine denouncing Russian war games near the joint border as a "provocation" and alleging violations of Ukrainian air space by Russian warplanes and drones, as well as cross-border shelling from Russia. Defense officials said separatists had also opened fire on unarmed Ukrainian soldiers on Tuesday as they crossed back into Ukraine from Russia where they had taken shelter from fighting.




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