Ukraine troops begin retreat from battered railway hub as cease-fire crumbles

February 18, 2015 9:42 AM

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Ukrainian government troops retreated from a key railway hub in the east of the country Wednesday after pro-Russian separatist rebels overran the town and Kiev admitted it no longer had control of the situation.

Fierce fighting around the town of Debaltseve, through which railroads linking the two major separatist cities of Donetsk and Luhansk pass, had been raging for days despite a cease-fire deal brokered by European leaders which went into effect on Sunday, to be followed by the withdrawal of heavy weap...

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