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Fighting in eastern Ukraine rages on overnight despite talks

Peace talks continue between Ukraine and Russia, fights continue on ground.

By: Associated Press | Donetsk | Published: April 14, 2015 1:10:33 pm
Ukraine, Ukraine peace plan,  ukraine russia conflict, ukraine russia war, russia ukraine conflict, russia ukraine war, putin, World News French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, from left, pose for a group photo at Villa Borsig, the official guest house of the foreign ministry, in Berlin on Monday, April 13, 2015 before their meeting to discuss implementation of the peace agreement brokered in Minsk, Belarus in February. (Pool Photo via AP)

Fighting is still raging on the outskirts of the rebel stronghold of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine despite peace talks this week.

Russia and Ukraine agreed in Berlin on Monday to call for the pullback of smaller-caliber weapons from the front lines of the conflict that has claimed more than 6,000 lives.

On the ground, however, even the previous agreement that called for a cease-fire and a withdrawal of heavy weaponry appeared to be shaky.

Heavy shelling was heard in Donetsk late evening and in the early hours on Tuesday. Rebel mouthpiece Donetsk News Agency reported one rebel fighter dead and five wounded in the overnight clashes.

Fighting appears to be focused on the now-obliterated Donetsk airport and the village of Shyrokyne by the Azov Sea in the south.

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