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4 civilians killed in artillery fire in Ukraine


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By BALINT SZLANKO
MARYINKA, Ukraine (AP) - Artillery fire killed at least four people in an overnight attack on a residential area in eastern Ukraine, spurring more people to flee the besieged city of Donetsk and its suburbs on Saturday to take their chances elsewhere.

Pro-Russian insurgents last week retreated from the strategic city of Slovyansk and holed up in Donetsk, a city of one million, and potentially the final frontier for the rebels. The overnight artillery strike in Maryinka, a western suburb of Donetsk, hit four apartment blocks near a rebel base. It was unclear, however, which side fired at the buildings.

"Even the fascists didn't do what they did. So many peaceful citizens," said a resident who gave her name as Valentina Mikhailovna. "Look what's happening! Dead, dead, dead people!"

One damaged apartment was still burning at midday despite the efforts of firefighters. Another building was smoldering.

AP journalists heard outgoing mortar fire from the area at noon on Saturday, suggesting that the rebels sometimes fire at the troops from the residential area, prompting Ukrainian forces to return fire.

Rebels Abandon Slaviansk: Turning Point For Ukraine Crisis?

Fighting between the rebels and government troops has left more than 400 dead and tens of thousands have fled their homes, in many cases crossing the border into Russia.

The rhetoric on both sides is increasingly intransigent.

The attack in Donetsk came hours after Ukraine's president, Petro Poroshenko, vowed vengeance for the deaths of 19 troops in an insurgent rocket attack near the Russian border.

"For every life of our soldiers, the militants will pay with tens and hundreds of their own," Poroshenko said. "Not one terrorist will evade responsibility. Everybody will get what is coming to them."

Meanwhile, the European Union moved on Saturday to impose sanctions on 11 leaders of the pro-Moscow rebellion.

Targets of the asset freeze and travel ban included two Russian spin doctors, Alexander Borodai, prime minister of the separatist Donetsk People's Republic, and his counterpart in the Luhansk People's Republic, Marat Bashirov.

Both formerly worked for Russian tycoons.

The names published in the EU's Official Journal brought the total of people subject to the bloc's Ukraine-related sanctions to 72, as well as two companies whose EU-based assets have been ordered frozen.

The sanctions, agreed by EU ambassadors on Wednesday, go into effect Saturday.

A Russian diplomat chided Brussels for the move.

Vladimir Chizhov, the Russian envoy to the EU, said in comments carried by Interfax on Saturday that Moscow believes in bringing peace to eastern Ukraine through negotiations, and that "blacklisting opponents isn't helping to build a dialogue with them."

Ukraine has refused to negotiate with rebels whom it describes as terrorists, although a Kiev envoy has taken part in a round table with Borodai along with representatives of Russia and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

Rebels have rejected Ukraine's call to lay down their arms as a condition for cease-fire negotiations.

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Dick July 12 2014 at 5:02 PM

These are NOT REBEL's, they are thugs and cowards with guns that like to kill people and don't care who they kill. They are criminals and should be shot on sight!!!

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vladswim Dick July 12 2014 at 9:42 PM

You're a real dick, Dick.

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Joe July 12 2014 at 10:09 PM

The Russians should go back to Russia and take their Ukrainian Russians back with them. This is not their country.

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almazstmp Joe July 13 2014 at 3:25 AM

We should stop sticking our nose in to other continents and making a mess.

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elkhartbiker July 12 2014 at 3:54 PM

If these rebels wanting to be part of Russia think Putin's so great why don't they just move there? Over the centuries Russia ()and later the USSR) have proven to be very unpleasant places to live.

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LL July 12 2014 at 7:48 PM

And all as the world's resolve is, (and always has been - until it drops into it's own back yard, that is) to play the spectator !

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almazstmp July 12 2014 at 6:47 PM

Not a word on AOL about Ukrainian military shelling inside the Russian territory, which is an act of war. Keep pocking the sleeping bear, you fascist scum.

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vladswim July 12 2014 at 9:44 PM

I love American's way of thinking. Since the rebels are shooting at the government troops and occupying regions in Eastern Ukraine it makes it makes it okay for Kiev's military forces to bomb cities full of civilians. More than 400 civilians have died! Twice as many as Kiev forces and their private militias.

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DJ vladswim July 13 2014 at 3:47 AM

How is that Americas thinking? America didn't order the shelling. Please comrad, explain? Poroshenko is the one calling the shots. Oh wait, is that you, Putin?

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almazstmp vladswim July 13 2014 at 4:01 AM

Most Americans wouldn't be able to find Ukraine on the map, they just parrot what they are told in the government controlled media. For a country that prides itself on the freedom of speech and freedom of the press it's a crying shame.

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Roberta July 12 2014 at 7:46 PM

The government should do what is necessary to protect the rest of the country.

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fabiolenoir July 13 2014 at 6:51 AM

Russia, Israel, North Korea and China cannot be trusted. They all have one thing in common to create chaos and thirsty for blood.

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bert hall July 13 2014 at 12:03 AM

ONE MORE FAILED POLICY OF PRESIDENT OBAMA. PUTIN WILL TAKE OVER THE UKRAINE AND OBAMA WILL PLAY POOL.!!!!

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rafdelm001 bert hall July 13 2014 at 2:10 AM

Why involve USA and it's president in your foolish rant?

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vladswim July 12 2014 at 9:50 PM

Poroshenko's head will be in a trophy case labeled as " A Ukrainian Slavic Jew who gained power by using ultra nationalistic fascist regime to commit a genocide in Eastern Ukraine.

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rafdelm001 vladswim July 13 2014 at 2:11 AM

Why? Is he not the elected president of Ukraine? If you are pro Russia, just move over there.

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almazstmp vladswim July 13 2014 at 3:22 AM

One can only be Jewish if born by a Jewish mother or converted to Judaism. Poroshenko is neither.

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