Viktor Orban

Putin says Ukraine escalated conflict to bolster U.S. support

Putin says Ukraine escalated conflict to bolster U.S. support

Salvos of artillery shook eastern Ukraine on Thursday, the fifth day of escalated fighting between government troops and Russia-backed separatist rebels.

Two Ukrainian soldiers were killed overnight and 10 others wounded, the government said, while rebels said one of their fighters was killed. 

Shelling appeared to intensify after nightfall and both sides reported civilian deaths — two in Avdiivka and one in Donetsk city. 

Reporters for the Associated Press heard Grad rocket launchers fired on both sides of the conflict during the night. In the afternoon, shelling was heard in the distance from Avdiivka, a government-held town just north of Donetsk, the largest...

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