KIEV, June 13 Ukrainian forces surrounded the
rebel-held port city of Mariupol in fighting with pro-Russian
separatists after launching a dawn attack on Friday, the
country's interior minister said on his Facebook page.
The rebel forces, who oppose the pro-European leadership in
the capital Kiev, confirmed fighting was under way and said five
of their number had been killed. Mariupol is Ukraine's largest
Azov Sea port, and is important for steel exports.
(Reporting by Pavel Polityuk, Editing by Timothy Heritage)