Jan 9, 2015 4:31 AM

Ukraine says separatists intensifying rocket attacks

The Associated Press

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) Ukrainian military officials say separatists in the east have intensified their shelling of government positions ahead of peace talks expected in the coming week.

The press office for military operations in eastern Ukraine said Friday that army outposts were targeted 50 times by small arms fire, mortars and rockets.

Intensification in hostilities comes one month after a renewed truce led to a lull in the fighting that broke out in the spring.

An AP reporter heard rockets being fired Thursday evening into the separatist stronghold of Donetsk an indication that government forces are also likely breaching the cease-fire.

The leaders of Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France are expected to meet Thursday in Kazakhstan to consider solutions to the conflict. The talks have not yet been confirmed.


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