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Ukraine ceasefire fails to stop fighting

Monday, June 23, 2014 - 01:17

Fighting continues in Ukraine despite a unilateral ceasefire called by its president that began on Friday. Paul Chapman reports.

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Ukraine's unilateral ceasefire's only been in force since Friday and it's already under pressure. People are fleeing towns and villages in eastern Ukraine as fighting continues between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists. Many are heading across the border into Russia. (SOUNDBITE)(Russian) ANASTASIA, REFUGEE FROM DONETSK, SAYING: "As we approached the Russian border we heard gunfire so customs let us through very quickly. Now we're here we're waiting to be registered." (SOUNDBITE)(Russian) VIKTORIA, REFUGEE FROM HORLIVKA, SAYING: "The jets were flying just over my house. We were running away in whatever clothes we had on. There were probably looking where to fire. They flew over my house, they flew over Horlivka, and we were all running away where we could." These were the scenes in parts of Donetsk region on Sunday. Ukraine's government is accusing the separatists of attacking its military bases and posts on the Russian border. Russia's president says artillery was fired by Ukraine or its paramilitary supporters. On Saturday three crew members were killed when a helicopter involved in a military operation against the separatists crashed. The wreckage wasn't found until Sunday in the Kharkiv region, also in the east. By Monday it still wasn't clear what caused the aircraft to crash.

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Ukraine ceasefire fails to stop fighting

Monday, June 23, 2014 - 01:17