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Casualties as fighting breaks out in Ukraine port city of Mariupol

Published on May 9, 2014 6:28 PM
 
Pro-Russia rebels wearing gas masks walk inside the city hall in Mariupol, eastern Ukraine on May 7, 2014. Fighting broke out on Friday in Ukraine's south-eastern port city of Mariupol, causing casualties, according to reports by Ukrainian and Russian media. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

KIEV (AFP) - Fighting broke out on Friday in Ukraine's south-eastern port city of Mariupol, causing casualties, according to reports by Ukrainian and Russian media.

An online Ukrainian news website, Insider, said eight pro-Russian militants had been killed.

Russia’s Interfax news agency said Ukrainian troops used large calibre weapons as they tried to take an occupied government building in the city.

Members of a crew from Britain’s ITV News in the city said on Twitter that they saw heavy guns being used and smoke from burning tyres rising above Mariupol.

 
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