Children play in the rubble of their house on September 7, 2014 after an overnight bombing attack, near an Ukrainian army checkpoint in the outskirts of the key southeastern port city of Mariupol.
Children play in the rubble of their house on September 7, 2014 after an overnight bombing attack, near an Ukrainian army checkpoint in the outskirts of the key southeastern port city of Mariupol. AFP Photo - Philippe Desmazes

Ukrainian ceasefire may not last as shots heard

A DELICATE ceasefire in the Ukraine agreed to only last week may already be under threat after shelling reported in the country's south.

Shelling was reportedly heard in the Ukraine's southern city Mariupol, just days after Russian President Vladimir Putin reached the deal with Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko.

The original ceasefire, brokered over the phone by the two leaders, was meant to lead to a permanent ceasefire after Russian-backed rebels invaded the country several months ago.

But media reports on Saturday, including by a BBC correspondent in Mariupol, claimed fire and smoke followed explosions in the disputed region where government forces were fighting with rebels on the weekend.

The reported shelling followed a NATO meeting late last week where Poroshenko, joined by other European leaders and United States President Barack Obama, urged Putin to pull troops and rebels out of Ukraine. - APN NEWSDESK


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