Fighting rages in east Ukraine despite bid to revive truce

February 19, 2015 2:54 PM

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ARTEMIVSK/VUHLEHIRSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - Fighting raged in parts of east Ukraine on Thursday despite European efforts to resurrect a stillborn ceasefire, a day after pro-Russian separatists spurned the truce by forcing thousands of government troops out of a strategic town.

Western nations are refusing to give up on a peace deal brokered by France and Germany last week even though the rebels disavowed it to seize the important railway hub of Debaltseve.

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