Ukraine says rebels attack near Mariupol, NATO deploys Baltics troops

March 9, 2015 11:41 PM

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UKRAINE accused pro-Russian separatists Monday of using mortars and a tank to fire on government positions near the eastern port of Mariupol in clashes that lasted several hours, violating a nearly month-old ceasefire.

The militants fired on Ukraine's positions and were attempting to "force our contingents from Shyrokyne," a village about 10 kilometres east of Mariupol on the Azov Sea coast, the headquarters of the army's operations in the east said in a Facebook post.

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