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Ukraine Tells Allies East Situation Worsens as Attacks Rise

Tensions are building after more than a year of fighting

Tensions are building after more than a year of fighting

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Ukraine said pro-Russian rebels increased the intensity of shelling to the highest in weeks, prompting the administration in Kiev to inform its allies about the deteriorating situation in the war-torn east.

Pro-Russian separatists violated a truce 127 times in the past 24 hours, the military said on Monday. The heaviest fighting occurred near the village of Starognativka in the Donetsk region this morning, leaving “many casualties” among rebels, it said. One Ukrainian serviceman was killed and 16 wounded overnight, Oleksandr Turchynov, head of the National Defense and Security Council, said in an e-mailed statement.