Fears for truce as attacking rebels mass near Ukraine port city

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KIEV: Pro-Russian forces massing near Ukraine’s port city of Mariupol are continuing to attack government troop positions, Kiev said on Monday (Tuesday in Manila), fueling concerns for the fate of a United Nations-backed ceasefire. Continued hostilities meant a pull-back of heavy weapons could not go ahead as agreed, Ukrainian officials said. “As Ukrainian positions are still being fired upon there can be no talk yet of a withdrawal of arms,” military spokesman Vladyslav Seleznyov wrote in a statement on Facebook on Monday.

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