Ukraine readies plan against rebels; Germany, France press Putin




 
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Ukraine readies plan against rebels; Germany, France press Putin
 
July 10th, 2014  
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Ukraine readies plan against rebels; Germany, France press Putin
By Richard Balmforth and Maria Tsvetkova KIEV/DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) - Ukrainian forces regained more ground but sustained further casualties on Thursday in clashes with separatists, while two Western allies urged Russia's Vladimir Putin to exert more pressure on the rebels to find a negotiated end to the conflict. Government forces have recently gained the upper hand in the three-month conflict against separatists in the Russian-speaking eastern regions in which more than 200 government troops have been killed as well as hundreds of civilians and rebel fighters. The Ukrainian military says it has a plan to deliver a "nasty surprise" to the heavily-armed separatists who have dug in in Donetsk, a city of 900,000 people, after being pushed out of their bastion in Slaviansk last weekend.




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