Near Mariupol, Ukraine soldiers embittered by orders not allowing them to return Russian fire

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A member of Ukraine's 37th Mechanized Infantry Battalion takes his position near a trench, awaiting a Russian attack in the next few weeks.
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MARIUPOL, Ukraine -- Despite the Minsk II cease-fire agreement, which was supposed to take effect on Feb. 15, shelling from the Russian side has continued along the Mariupol front and Ukraine's military expect the Azov Sea port city of 500,000 people will be the target of a major Russian assault within the next weeks.

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