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Ukrainian troops, pro-Russian rebels clash in Mariupol, eight dead

Kiev - Ukrainian forces clashed with pro-Russian separatists in Mariupol on Friday.

Kiev - Ukrainian forces clashed with pro-Russian separatists in Mariupol on Friday at the port town’s police headquarters and at the local interior ministry building, killing eight people and wounding others, Interfax-Ukraine news agency reported. The news agency said police were trying to wrest back control of the police building when they came under fire from pro-Russians who had taken the interior ministry building. Local police in the eastern Donetsk region, centre of a pro-Russian rebellion against Kiev, said they could not comment. Tetyana Ignatchenko, a journalist in Mariupol, said there was fierce fighting outside the police headquarters which pro-Russian rebels had seized. She said there was one dead and six wounded on the rebel side. Ukrainian forces had brought had brought several armoured cars into the town, a major industrial and shipping centre with a population of about half a million.

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