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    Ukraine conflict: Shelling rages on after nightfall

    Thousands of Avdiivka residents have been left without water and electricity in freezing temperatures

    Shelling has raged on after nightfall in eastern Ukraine, with both government troops and pro-Russian rebels reporting new casualties.

    Ukrainian officials say two civilians were killed when the separatists fired on the government-held frontline town of Avdiivka.

    The separatists say two civilians died as the government shelled the rebel stronghold of Donetsk.

    At least 15 people have been confirmed killed in the worst fighting for weeks.

    A number of people have been injured since the clashes intensified over the weekend.

    There are fears that the actual death toll could be much higher.

    Ukraine accuses Russia of launching an offensive, while Moscow says Kiev is seeking to push back the separatists from their positions in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

    The two countries again traded accusations during an urgent UN Security Council session to discuss the conflict which has claimed the lives of more than 9,700 people since 2014.

    On Thursday evening, Pavlo Zhebrivsky, the head of the Ukraine-controlled Donetsk regional administration, said a man was killed when a humanitarian aid point in Avdiivka was hit.

    He later said a woman had died of her wounds after the rebels shelled an area near a school in the town.

    Avdiivka, whose population is estimated to be about 22,000 people, has been left without water and electricity in freezing conditions because of the shelling.

    Ukrainian officials and aid agencies have warned of a possible major humanitarian crisis, declaring a state of emergency in the town.

    Meanwhile, rebel officials said Donetsk was under heavy shelling late on Thursday, and two civilians had been killed.
    There are also reports that a powerful blast in the city destroyed a building.
    A number of Donetsk residents have also been left without water.
    The conflict in eastern Ukraine erupted after Russia annexed Ukraine's southern Crimea peninsula in March 2014.
    A ceasefire was eventually agreed in February 2015 but there have been frequent violations. The latest truce began on 23 December.
    The US and EU imposed sanctions on Russia in response to its actions in eastern Ukraine and Crimea.
    Russia has repeatedly denied sending troops and weapons into eastern Ukraine, but admits that Russian "volunteers" fight alongside the rebels.

    Ukraine conflict: Shelling rages on after nightfall - BBC News

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    UN Ambassador Haley hits Russia hard on Ukraine

    The US Ambassador to the United Nations offered a strong condemnation of Russia in her first appearance at the UN Security Council on Thursday, calling on Moscow to de-escalate violence in eastern Ukraine and saying that US sanctions against Moscow will remain in place until it withdraws from Crimea.

    "The United States continues to condemn and call for an immediate end to the Russian occupation of Crimea," said Nikki Haley, President Donald Trump's envoy to the world body. "Crimea is a part of Ukraine. Our Crimea-related sanctions will remain in place until Russia returns control over the peninsula to Ukraine."

    Haley was speaking at an emergency UN meeting about a sudden upsurge in violence in eastern Ukraine, where Russian-backed separatists have been fighting the Ukrainian army. Her remarks were notable for the stark difference between her rhetoric and Trump's.

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    02-09-2018 @ 07:55 PM
    So what really happened in the Ukraine to bring all this on, well there are several accounts from both sides and the middle. For instance there is the Pro-west story which is really an anti Russian rant.

    What really happened in Ukraine - by Niclas Fogwall

    Then the Russian version which gives more background but spoils things by being to pro Russian and at the end by praising Putin.

    What Really Happened in Ukraine

    Then this from AlJazeera which is probably nearer the truth :

    Ukraine: Lies, propaganda and the West's agenda - Al Jazeera English

    So who is in the wrong, well probably both sides and the one in the middle.

    But it has to be said that the US is showing blatant Hypocrisy by accusing and sanctioning Russia for doing the same thing they are doing in Syria.

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