Rebels say launched attack on Mariupol as 20 killed in east Ukraine city

January 24, 2015 3:53 PM

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Rebels say launched attack on Mariupol as 20 killed in east Ukraine city

KIEV (Reuters) - At least 20 people were killed by shelling in the east Ukrainian port city of Mariupol on Saturday, regional police said, as a rebel leader said separatists were launching an offensive on the city, the news agency RIA reported.

The separatists have rejected more peace talks and fighting has surged to its most intense in months. The United Nations said on Friday that 262 had been killed in the previous nine days.

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