Russia rebels still firing as EU threatens sanctions if Mariupol attacked

February 25, 2015 1:01 PM

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Russia rebels still firing as EU threatens sanctions if Mariupol attacked

KIEV, Ukraine -- Ukraine's military said Wednesday that rebel violations of a cease-fire in the country's east were persisting, but had fallen off in recent days, as European leaders warned of possible new sanctions against Russia.

Military spokesman Lt. Col. Anatoliy Stelmakh told a briefing Wednesday that Russian-backed rebels shelled the village of Popasna twice during the night and also continued trying to overrun Ukrainian positions at the village of Shyrokyne, near the strategic port city of Mariupol.

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