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Renewed Fighting in Eastern Ukraine Ahead of Possible Truce

Heavy fighting was reported Friday in eastern Ukraine, just hours before Kyiv and rebel leaders were to meet for peace talks that both sides hope can lead to a cease-fire. Witnesses heard explosions and gunfire on the eastern outskirts of the strategic port city of Mariupol, a continuation of fighting that was also reported there late Thursday. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and a senior separatist leader say they are ready to halt five months of fighting near the Russian border...

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