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Ukrainian military: Russian-backed rebels in the east are carrying out their heaviest shelling attacks in 6 months – Business Insider

Ukrainian military: Russian-backed rebels in the east are carrying out their heaviest shelling attacks in 6 months – Business Insider

Ukraine accused pro-Russian rebels on Monday of carrying out the heaviest artillery attacks on government positions in six months and warned of signs the conflict was escalating despite a ceasefire deal.

The military said 400 rebel fighters supported by tanks had attacked government forces around the village of Starohnativka, 50 km (30 miles) north of the Kiev-held port city of Mariupol. The rebels denied attacking government troops.

Control of Mariupol could help the rebels form a corridor to the Crimea peninsula, which Russia annexed from Ukraine last year.

Source: Ukrainian military: Russian-backed rebels in the east are carrying out their heaviest shelling attacks in 6 months – Business Insider