U.S. Slams Truce Violation in Ukraine as Rebels Claim Key Town

February 18, 2015 8:26 AM

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(Bloomberg) -- The United States “strongly condemned” the violation of a cease-fire by the separatists in Ukraine as fighting continued in the strategic crossroad town Debaltseve a day after rebels said they’d taken most of it under control.

Rebels said Tuesday that hundreds of government troops surrendered in fighting that’s undermining the fragile truce. Ukraine’s military denied soldiers had surrendered. Russian President Vladimir Putin said Ukraine’s government shouldn’t prevent its troops from laying down their arms after the self-...

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