Shelling spreads in Ukraine despite ceasefire

position in Uglegorsk,Shelling is reported from several places in eastern Ukraine despite the official ceasefire between government forces and pro-Russia rebels.

Artillery fire could be heard in the region’s biggest city, Donetsk, where the truce had been observed so far.

Ukrainian military sources also accused rebels of shelling positions near the port city of Mariupol.

The fighting comes as Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany held further talks over the phone.

Most of the renewed fighting in Donetsk appears to be in the north of the city towards the airport.

The BBC’s Ian Pannell, who is in the city, says it sounded like shells were being fired in both directions, although that could not be verified.

The BBC’s Ian Pannell reports from the outskirts of Donetsk: ”We have been hearing the sound of shells going in and coming out”

Further south, a spokesman for the Ukrainian government forces said rebel units had attacked the village of Shirokyne, killing one soldier, with shells also fired towards Mariupol.

The government-held port city of Mariupol is in a highly strategic position, sitting between rebel-held eastern areas and Crimea, which Russia annexed nearly a year ago.

The Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) – which is charged with monitoring the ceasefire – also reported more shelling near the embattled town of Debaltseve which observers have not been able to reach.

–BBC

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