Rockets kill 21 in Ukraine city as rebel offensive begins

January 24, 2015 11:14 AM

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Rockets kill 21 in Ukraine city as rebel offensive begins

Indiscriminate rocket fire slammed into a market, schools and homes Saturday in the eastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol, killing at least 21 people, authorities said. Ukraine's top rebel leader announced that an offensive had begun on the strategically important port.

The report came a day after the rebels rejected a peace deal and said they were going on a multi-prong offensive against the government in Kiev to vastly increase their territory. The move is upending European attempts to mediate an end to the fighting.

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