Cease-fire over, Ukraine renews attacks on rebels

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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, background left, inspects a Ukrainian military base close to Slovyansk, in the Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, June 20, 2014. Clashes between government forces and pro-Russian separatist fighters flared ahead of the publication of a presidential peace plan that includes a unilateral cease-fire. (AP Photo/Mykhailo Markiv, Pool)
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, left, talks with the Ukrainian soldiers at a military base close to Slovyansk, in the Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, June 20, 2014. Clashes between government forces and pro-Russian separatist fighters flared ahead of the publication of a presidential peace plan that includes a unilateral cease-fire. (AP Photo/Mykhailo Markiv, Pool)
Smoke rises from the burning furniture factory after a mortar attack from Ukrainian government troops in Slovyansk, eastern Ukraine, Sunday, June 8, 2014. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's inaugural address after taking the oath of office in parliament gave little sign of a quick resolution to the conflict in the east, which Ukrainian officials say has left more than 200 people dead. (AP Photo/Andrei Petrov)
Firefighters attempt to extinguish a fire at the burning furniture factory after a mortar attack from Ukrainian government troops in Slovyansk, eastern Ukraine, Sunday, June 8, 2014. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's inaugural address after taking the oath of office in parliament gave little sign of a quick resolution to the conflict in the east, which Ukrainian officials say has left more than 200 people dead. (AP Photo/Andrei Petrov)
Ukrainian First Deputy Prime Minister Vitaliy Yarema (R) and Interior Minister Arsen Avakov examine a map prior to a National Security and Defence Council sitting in Kiev on June 16, 2014. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said during the opening of the sitting that a ceasefire was the beginning of his peace plan for resolving the conflict in eastern Ukraine. AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY (Photo credit should read SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, right, meets with acting Ukrainian Defense Minister Mykhailo Koval, center, in Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, June 18, 2014. Ukraine's president said Wednesday that government forces will unilaterally cease fire to allow pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country a chance to lay down weapons or leave the country, a potential major development to bring peace to the country. (AP Photo/Mykhailo Markiv, pool)
Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk (L) and Defence Minister Mykhaylo Koval arrive for a National Security and Defence Council sitting in Kiev on June 16, 2014. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said during the opening of the sitting that a ceasefire was the beginning of his peace plan for resolving the conflict in eastern Ukraine. AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY (Photo credit should read SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk (L) and Defence Minister Mykhaylo Koval arrive for a National Security and Defence Council sitting in Kiev on June 16, 2014. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said during the opening of the sitting that a ceasefire was the beginning of his peace plan for resolving the conflict in eastern Ukraine. AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY (Photo credit should read SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko arrives for a National Security and Defence Council sitting in Kiev on June 16, 2014. Poroshenko said during the opening of the sitting that a ceasefire was the beginning of his peace plan for resolving the conflict in eastern Ukraine. AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY (Photo credit should read SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko speaks during a National Security and Defence Council sitting in Kiev on June 16, 2014. Poroshenko said during the opening of the sitting that a ceasefire was the beginning of his peace plan for resolving the conflict in eastern Ukraine. AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY (Photo credit should read SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko speaks during a National Security and Defence Council sitting in Kiev on June 16, 2014. Poroshenko said during the opening of the sitting that a ceasefire was the beginning of his peace plan for resolving the conflict in eastern Ukraine. AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY (Photo credit should read SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (2nd L) speaks during a National Security and Defence Council sitting in Kiev on June 16, 2014, flanked by Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk (3rd L) and speaker of the Ukrainian parliament Oleksandr Turchynov (L). Poroshenko said during the opening of the sitting that a ceasefire was the beginning of his peace plan for resolving the conflict in eastern Ukraine. AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY (Photo credit should read SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
Pro-Russian militants look through the debris of an IL-76 Ukrainian military transporter which was taken down by pro-Russian rebels early on June 14, on the outskirts of Lugansk June 14, 2014. Ukraine's new Western-backed President Petro Poroshenko vowed Saturday to deliver an 'adequate response' to pro-Russian rebels who downed a military transport plane, killing 49 troops. AFP PHOTO / DANIEL MIHAILESCU (Photo credit should read DANIEL MIHAILESCU/AFP/Getty Images)
A boy sits on a barricade to be demolished next to Ukranian police forces (R) outside the headquarters of separatist militias of the self-proclaimed 'Donetsk People's Republic' in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol on June 13, 2014. Ukrainian forces said they had hoisted the national flag over the strategic rebel-held port of Mariupol on June 13 in their biggest advance since Petro Poroshenko's election as the insurgency-wrecked country's pro-Western president. AFP PHOTO / DANIEL MIHAILESCU (Photo credit should read DANIEL MIHAILESCU/AFP/Getty Images)
SLAVYANSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 9: Several buildings were damaged by a mortar attack of Ukrainian government troops in Slovyansk, eastern Ukraine on June 9, 2014. Buildings have been damaged by shelling in Slavyansk, controlling by pro-Russian separatists as Ukraines newly sworn-in President Petro Poroshenko and Russian and European officials have discussed proposals to end the conflict in eastern Ukraine. (Photo by Alexander Ermochenko/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - JUNE 07: (CHINA OUT, SOUTH KOREA OUT) Ukraine's new president, Petro Poroshenko (C), takes part in inaugural festivities at St. Sophia Square on June 7, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine. Poroshenko was elected on May 25 with a majority in the country's first round of presidential voting. (Photo by The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)
FILE- In this Saturday, June 7, 2014 file photo Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko lights a candle in St. Sophia Cathedral after his inauguration in Kiev, Ukraine. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Wednesday, June 18, 2014, that government forces will unilaterally cease fire to allow pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country a chance to lay down weapons or leave the country, a move that follows his conversations with Russian and German leaders. (AP Photo/Mykola Lazarenko, Pool, file)
A masked man, soldier of the volunteer Ukrainian army 'Donbass' battalion, takes part in a rally by Maidan activists at Independence Square in Kiev, calling upon the Ukrainian President to abandon the cease-fire with armed pro-Russia separatists in the east of the country, on June 29, 2014. A spokesman for the Ukraine army's eastern military campaign stated five Ukrainian troops were killed and at least 17 wounded over the past 24 hours in the eastern regions of the country. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande will join Ukraine's new leader on a call today to Russia's Vladimir Putin before Kiev's shaky truce with pro-Kremlin separatists expires. AFP PHOTO / SERGEI SUPINSKY (Photo credit should read SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
A man holds a sign reading 'We chat - they kill !' as he and other people take part in a rally by Maidan activists at Independence Square in Kiev, calling upon the Ukrainian President to abandon the cease-fire with armed pro-Russia separatists in the east of the country, on June 29, 2014. A spokesman for the Ukraine army's eastern military campaign stated five Ukrainian troops were killed and at least 17 wounded over the past 24 hours in the eastern regions of the country. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande will join Ukraine's new leader on a call today to Russia's Vladimir Putin before Kiev's shaky truce with pro-Kremlin separatists expires. AFP PHOTO / SERGEI SUPINSKY (Photo credit should read SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
People shouts slogans as they take part in a rally by Maidan activists at Independence Square in Kiev, calling upon the Ukrainian President to abandon the cease-fire with armed pro-Russia separatists in the east of the country, on June 29, 2014. A spokesman for the Ukraine army's eastern military campaign stated five Ukrainian troops were killed and at least 17 wounded over the past 24 hours in the eastern regions of the country. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande will join Ukraine's new leader on a call today to Russia's Vladimir Putin before Kiev's shaky truce with pro-Kremlin separatists expires. AFP PHOTO / SERGEI SUPINSKY (Photo credit should read SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
Women hold signs reading 'The cease-fire is killing !', ' The traitors are in power again' and 'Down with parliament' as they take part in a rally by Maidan activists at Independence Square in Kiev, calling upon the Ukrainian President to abandon the cease-fire with armed pro-Russia separatists in the east of the country, on June 29, 2014. A spokesman for the Ukraine army's eastern military campaign stated five Ukrainian troops were killed and at least 17 wounded over the past 24 hours in the eastern regions of the country. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande will join Ukraine's new leader on a call today to Russia's Vladimir Putin before Kiev's shaky truce with pro-Kremlin separatists expires. AFP PHOTO / SERGEI SUPINSKY (Photo credit should read SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
An elderly resident walks past a house destroyed by shelling in the besieged city of Slaviansk on June 24, 2014. Separatists of the self-proclaimed 'Donetsk People's Republic' in Slavyansk are surrounded by Ukrainian forces and have been enduring daily shelling for over two months. Ukraine's new Western-backed leader sought urgent talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on June 25, 2014 after rebels shot down an army helicopter despite ceasefire orders from their own commander to observe a fragile truce. The death of nine servicemen outside the pro-Russian stronghold city of Slavyansk and loss of two other soldiers in attacks by separatist gunmen prompted Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to threaten to unleash a powerful new military campaign in the industrial east. AFP PHOTO / JOHN MACDOUGALL (Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)
Residents walk outside a house wrecked by shelling in the besieged city of Slaviansk on June 24, 2014. Separatists of the self-proclaimed 'Donetsk People's Republic' in Slavyansk are surrounded by Ukrainian forces and have been enduring daily shelling for over two months. Ukraine's new Western-backed leader sought urgent talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on June 25, 2014 after rebels shot down an army helicopter despite ceasefire orders from their own commander to observe a fragile truce. The death of nine servicemen outside the pro-Russian stronghold city of Slavyansk and loss of two other soldiers in attacks by separatist gunmen prompted Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to threaten to unleash a powerful new military campaign in the industrial east. AFP PHOTO / JOHN MACDOUGALL (Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)
A soldier of the self-proclaimed 'Donetsk People's Republic' shows shrapnel from a shell in a heavily shelled neighbourhood in the besieged city of Slaviansk on June 24, 2014. Separatists of the self-proclaimed 'Donetsk People's Republic' in Slavyansk are surrounded by Ukrainian forces and have been enduring daily shelling for over two months. Ukraine's new Western-backed leader sought urgent talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on June 25, 2014 after rebels shot down an army helicopter despite ceasefire orders from their own commander to observe a fragile truce. The death of nine servicemen outside the pro-Russian stronghold city of Slavyansk and loss of two other soldiers in attacks by separatist gunmen prompted Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to threaten to unleash a powerful new military campaign in the industrial east. AFP PHOTO / JOHN MACDOUGALL (Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)
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By David McHugh

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukraine renewed its attacks against armed pro-Russia separatists Tuesday after the president called off a unilateral cease-fire, carrying out air and artillery strikes against rebel positions in eastern Ukraine.

Defense Ministry spokesman Oleksiy Dmytrashkovsky said forces "opened artillery fire, carried out air strikes at the strategic points of the terrorists and places where they are concentrated," the Interfax news agency reported.

He said one service member was killed and 17 wounded by rebel attacks over the past 24 hours and an Su-25 attack aircraft was damaged. There was no immediate casualty toll from the rebels.

On Monday, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko ended a 10-day cease-fire he had called to try to persuade the rebels to lay down their weapons, return seized border posts and hold peace talks. He had called the cease-fire unilaterally and rebels agreed to join it three days later.

Poroshenko said the cease-fire had been violated more than 100 times by rebels, although each side blamed the other for the continued fighting. He said he gave up on the peace initiative after key conditions, such as turning over border crossings and international monitoring of the cease-fire, were not met.

The end of the cease fire raises serious questions about what Ukrainian forces will accomplish now. They were ineffective over more than two months of low-intensity fighting against the rebels before the cease-fire.

Rebels remain in control of the town of Slovyansk in the eastern Donetsk region, which has declared independence from Poroshenko's government in Kiev, and at one point shot down a military transport, killing 49 service members.

European leaders have been pressing Russian President Vladimir Putin to use what they say is his influence with the rebels. The West says Russia is sending weapons including tanks and rocket launchers to the rebels and allowing Russian citizens to cross the border to fight, claims Russia rejects.

A summit of EU leaders on Friday warned Russia would face new sanctions unless there was progress by Tuesday.

But two rounds of four-way phone talks among Poroshenko, Putin, Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande on Sunday and Monday did not produce enough agreement for Poroshenko to extend the cease-fire.

European leaders have threatened a new round of economic sanctions against Russia if Poroshenko's peace conditions were not met.

In Brussels, ambassadors for the European Union's 28 governments discussed the situation in eastern Ukraine but decided Tuesday they were not ready to immediately impose new sanctions against Russia, officials said.

"The picture on the ground is mixed, it's a very fluid situation," one EU official said. The diplomats agreed to intensify preparations for new sanctions that could then be decided upon at their next meeting Monday, the official added.

A diplomat from a major EU country said experts would compile a list of those responsible for fomenting unrest in eastern Ukraine who could be targeted by new sanctions. Those additional travel bans and asset freezes could be slapped on individuals and companies, the diplomat said. The EU has so far only sanctioned individuals.

Both the EU official and the diplomat spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't allowed to discuss the closed-door talks publicly.

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Associated Press writer Juergen Baetz contributed to this report from Brussels.

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