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Rockets kill 15 in Ukraine after rebels reject truce

Rockets kill 15 in Ukraine after rebels reject truce
Ukrainian interior ministry said 46 people were wounded in the city of Mariupol when Grad rockets hit a large residential district facing roads that have come under attack from separatist militias in recent days.

The local mayor’s office added that several buildings went up in flames and cars were torched in the morning assault. “Right now there are problems with the cell phone network so it is impossible to call relatives who live in that part of town. Obviously, everyone in the city is very scared. The rebels have already seized the airport. And now they are starting to destroy Mariupol itself,” Mariupol resident Eduard said.

Photographs of the attack published on a local news site showed a towering cloud of grey smoke billowing over family homes and a row of high-rise apartment buildings.

The southeastern Sea of Azov city of nearly 500,000 sits on a highway connecting guerrilla-held regions to the east and the Black Sea peninsula of  Crimea that Russia annexed from Ukraine in March in a move condemned by the international community.

A rebel assault on the port in August saw Kiev repel the attack at a heavy cost that prompted Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko to agree to a September 5 truce.
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