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Ukraine Bus Attack Kills 12
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Ukraine Bus Attack Kills 12

A passenger bus came under heavy fire in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday, killing at least 12 people, Ukrainian authorities said, and fighting intensified around the international airport in the city of Donetsk.
The violence flared after Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany scrapped plans for a summit in Kazakhstan this week because of the failure to implement a four-month-old ceasefire agreement, Reuters reported.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko condemned the bus attack as an act that “chilled the heart” and said the forces of the separatist Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics were to blame. “These deaths are on the conscience of the DNR and LNR gangs and on those who stand behind them,” he said in a statement in which he promised to sign a decree on Wednesday to more troops for the front.
A senior official from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) called for maximum restraint from all sides in the Ukraine conflict, which has killed more than 4,700 people since last April. “Over the past 24 hours the situation has significantly deteriorated, especially near the Donetsk airport,” said Ertugrul Apakan, head of the OSCE special monitoring mission in Ukraine.
A regional Ukrainian administration spokesman said the bus was attacked by rebels using Grad rocket launchers while it was carrying civilians through a government checkpoint.
Photographs showed the bus peppered by holes, as were seats inside it. A long trail of blood marked the road beside it near the town of Volnovakha.

 

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