Heavy clashes rage in Ukraine coastal town, threatening prospects for long-lasting cease-fire

March 23, 2015 3:48 PM

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Heavy clashes rage in Ukraine coastal town, threatening prospects for long-lasting cease-fire

Fighters of Ukraine's "Azov" volunteer battalion take their position in the village of Shyrokine, outside the city of Mariupol, eastern Ukraine, Sunday, March 22, 2015. Despite the ceasefire heavy fighting continues near Mariupol between Ukrainian troops and Russian-backed separatists. (AP Photo/Mstyslav Chernov) (The Associated Press)

SHYROKYNE, Ukraine – To reach rear-guard government positions in the seaside town of Shyrokyne, Ukrainian soldiers gingerly wind their off-roaders through private gardens hugging a precipice along the Azov Sea.

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