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Ukraine launches attacks on rebels

By Agencies in Moscow and Kiev ( China Daily ) Updated: 2014-07-02 07:54:51

Ukrainian government forces launched airstrikes and artillery assaults on separatist rebels in the country's eastern regions on Tuesday, a military spokesman said, after President Petro Poroshenko announced he would not renew a cease-fire.

Poroshenko said in an early morning announcement that government forces would renew offensive operations against rebels and "free our lands", hours after a cease-fire to allow for peace talks with the separatists had expired.

"After the president's speech, the anti-terrorist operation went into action. We opened artillery fire, carried out airstrikes at the strategic points of the terrorists and places where they are concentrated," military spokesman Oleksiy Dmytrashkovsky was quoted as saying by the Inter-fax news agency.

Ukraine launches attacks on rebels

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