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Ukraine pounds pro-Russia rebels after failed truce

Published on Jul 2, 2014 6:23 AM
A Ukrainian soldier stands beside a tank as guards a checkpoint near the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk on May 5, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

KRAMATORSK, Ukraine (AFP) - Ukrainian tanks and fighter bombers resumed their assault on pro-Russian insurgents on Tuesday after Kiev’s Western-backed leader brushed off a last-gasp European effort to save a tenuous 10-day truce.

The return of all-out fighting in Europe’s worst security crisis in nearly two decades drew the instant wrath of Russian President Vladimir Putin and set off a new international scramble to regain some control over events in the strategic ex-Soviet state.

President Petro Poroshenko told the crisis-hit nation in a dramatic midnight address that the ceasefire had been used by the militias to regroup and stock up on heavy arms from Russia.

“Peace has been and will remain my main goal. Only the means to achieve it have changed,” the 48-year-old president said.

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