All sides on edge as fighting intensifies in Ukraine

An already shaky cease-fire teeters on the brink of collapse after clashes in eastern Ukraine. As each side blames the other, Ukraine’s president has said there is a “colossal threat” of large-scale fighting.

The worst flare-up of violence between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian separatists in months has led to the deaths of at least 24 people. At least five civilians, 14 separatist fighters and five Ukrainian soldiers were killed in fighting in eastern Ukraine, according to media reports.

Battles took place near the town of Maryinka, which Kyiv said separatists had tried to capture on Wednesday. Lower-level fighting in the region has continued despite a February cease-fire agreement brokered by Germany and France, but recent clashes have included the use of heavy weapons on both sides.
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