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Ukrainian forces launch massive assault on pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk, Luhansk oblasts

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July 1, 2014, 5:41 p.m. | Ukraine | Politics — by Christopher J. Miller

Masked armed men wearing uniforms with the emblem of the Berkut, Ukraine's disbanded elite riot police force, block the road near the police station in the centre of the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on July 1, 2014. Ukrainian tanks and fighter bombers on July 1 launched a ferocious assault against pro-Russian separatist insurgents after rejecting European attempts to save a tenuous 10-day truce. AFP PHOTO/ ALEXANDER KHUDOTEPLY
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Christopher J. Miller

American Christopher J. Miller was a Kyiv Post editor from 2013-2014. He now works for Mashable as a senior foreign correspondent. A former U.S. Peace Corps volunteer (Artemivsk in Donetsk Oblast, 2010-2012), he can be reached at millerjchristopher@gmail.com.

DONETSK, Ukraine – New battles raged in Ukraine’s east on July 1 as President Petro Poroshenko announced the end of a shaky 10-day ceasefire and said a new “active phase” of the government’s “anti-terrorist operation” would restart to quash pro-Russian separatists.

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