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UKRAINE CEASE FIRE OVER!

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Government Launches New Offensive
By Harold Hutchison

The Ukrainian government has launched a new offensive, ending a ten-day cease fire. The operation is targeting pro-Russian insurgents who have seized control of cities and towns in Eastern Ukraine.

According to reports from multiple media outlets, Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko ordered the new offensive after having been in office for less than three weeks. During the “cease fire,” at least 27 Ukrainian military personnel had been killed. Poroshenko said that the Ukraine was “fighting to free our land from dirt and parasites.”

After Poroshenko’s speech, the Ukrainian military began its offensive. “We opened artillery fire, carried out airstrikes at the strategic points of the terrorists and places where they are concentrated," military spokesman Oleksiy Dmytrashkovsky told VOA News. At least one Ukrainian serviceman was killed during what the government called an” anti-terrorist operation.”



The Ukrainian crisis started in November, 2013, when former President Viktor Yanukovych refused to seek close ties with the European Union. Yanukovych was deposed this past spring, after which pro-Russian insurgents rose up. Russia eventually annexed Crimea, drawing sanctions from the United States and European countries.

Despite the sanctions, France is still going forward with selling Russia two Mistral-class helicopter carriers.