Ukrainian forces surround rebel-held port city - World

June 13, 2014 8:11 AM

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KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian forces surrounded the strategic rebel-held port city of Mariupol on Friday in a dawn attack launched as part of a broader military operation to reclaim control of eastern Ukraine.

The rebel forces, who oppose the pro-European leadership in the capital Kiev and want to be part of Russia, said five of their fighters had been killed in the battle for Mariupol, Ukraine's largest Azov Sea port.

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