That deal was followed by still more clashes that killed at least 1,500 people and was ultimately rejected by the rebels on Friday. The separatist leader of Donetsk vowed on Friday to escalate the nine-month campaign and seize lands in southeastern Ukraine that are currently under control of the pro-Western authorities. The pro-Kiev volunteer Azov regiment based around the city said there were “many wounded” in the attack. The Mariupol administration said the rockets hit a large market in one of the city’s main residential districts. “Right now, there are problems with the cell phone network so it is impossible to call relatives who live in that part of town,” Mariupol resident Eduard told AFP by telephone. “Obviously, everyone in the city is very scared.
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There was no immediate report of how many people died in various locations. A Ukrainian military checkpoint on a road leading out of the city toward rebel-held areas was also hit and one serviceman was killed, the Defense Ministry said. Rocket strikes on Mariupol come as separatists have declared their intention to mount a multi-pronged offensive aimed at vastly increasing the territory under their control. That would definitively upend recent European attempts to mediate an end to the fighting. Mariupol city council urged residents not to panic and to ignore rumors that Ukrainian armed forces were planning to withdraw. “On the contrary, all units are on fully battle-ready. Security measures in the city have been strengthened,” the council said in a statement.
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21, 2015, the destroyed airport in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine i “On the contrary, all units are on fully battle-ready. Security measures in the city have been strengthened,” the council said in a statement. No armed separatist units have been noted moving toward the city, the statement added. Clashes are taking place across the eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, where separatist insurgencies emerged in April following Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula. Fighting has also been intensifying recently for the government-held town of Debaltseve. Main roads to the town lie in separatist control and speculation is mounting that Ukrainian forces stationed there could soon be fully encircled.
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