Kiev accused rebels of trying to seize as much territory as possible before both sides are due to halt fighting.
Up to 10,000 people are reportedly fleeing the area to escape the violence.
Talks between Ukraine and separatists lasted a mere four hours Saturday.
Four government servicemen were killed in the last 24 hours of fighting in the city, according to Ukraine’s military.
The president is again pointing the finger of blame at Moscow for the latest breakdown in the cease-fire between Ukraine’s government and Russian-backed rebels.
Pro-Russian rebels unleashed a barrage of rocket fire against the eastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol Saturday. The rockets killed at least 30 civilians.
At least 30 civilians are dead after rocket fire rained down on a new front in eastern Ukraine. Moscow appears to be using the offensive to extract a new settlement from Kiev and the West.
The strategically important site has been a focus of fighting for quite some time.
“We are afraid that the West doesn’t want to finish this.” Moderate Syrians are worried strikes will leave them vulnerable to extremists.
Witnesses reported seeing explosions and rocket fire late Saturday.
“Do you want the Manpad that you supplied to the opposition to be the one that shot down the Malaysian airplane?”
Users of the subreddit First World Anarchists, keep fighting the good(ish) fight.
Residents hope the worst is over for Slovyansk after a brutal, weeks-long siege. But the struggle for east Ukraine is far from over.
In the eastern city of Donetsk, friends and neighbors have transformed into enemies, and people on both sides of the conflict worry that there’s no way out from a slide to civil war.
Photographer Goran Tomasevic won first prize at the World Press Photo Contest in the “Spot News Stories” category, recognized for his brutally intimate portrait of opposition forces in Syria. All photos were taken on Jan. 30, 2013 during a battle with government forces in Damascus. WARNING: Graphic content.
Islamist groups have recently captured key bases and interdicted supplies destined for the Free Syrian Army, putting the fate of the U.S.-backed force into serious question. “I think Western opposition policy is collapsing.”
Islamist fighters pried key bases and warehouses from U.S.-backed rebels in northern Syria last week, causing the U.S. to suspend its assistance there. “We are obviously very concerned,” a U.S. official said.
President Bashar al-Assad accused rebels of a deadly chemical weapons missile attack on Tuesday. Rebels rebuffed the claims and blamed the regime. At least 25 people died and more than 110 others were injured in the town of Khan al-Asal, Syrian state media said.
Announced this morning by Secretary of State John Kerry, the U.S. will for the first time give direct nonlethal aid to forces opposing President Bashar Assad.
Graphic photos of the slain dictator in a Misrata morgue. Not for the squeamish.
Cell phone footage of the moment Libyan revolutionaries found a bloodied Muammar Gaddafi cowering in a drainage pipe. According to The Global Post, the rebels are screaming “Don’t kill him! We need him alive!” Officials with LIbya’s National Transitional Council claim the dictator later died of wounds sustained in a gun battle.
Shouted by revelers in Green Square as Tripoli falls to the rebels, this is apparently a popular nickname among the Libyan people for the soon to be ousted dictator. Ya got burnt, Moammar!
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Al Jazeera is reporting that the dynasty and regime of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi has fallen as rebels swiftly overtake the capitol of Tripoli, Gadhafi’s last stronghold. Two of Gadhafi’s sons have been captured by the freedom fighters, but the whereabouts of Gadhafi himself remain unknown. Regardless, his more than 40 years of autocratic rule in Libya appears to have come to an end. More as it develops.
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The United States along with more than 30 other nations have ceased to recognize Gadhafi as the head of Libya instead recognizing the rebel forces as the new leaders of the country. The new government plans to be a democracy as of now so this is potentially great news. To celebrate here are some pictures of “sad Gadhafi.”
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Horrifying video. Hamza Al-Khatib, a 13-year-old boy, was detained by Syrian forces at a checkpoint in the village of Jiza on April 29th. His barely recognizable corpse was returned to his parents nearly a month later. This video, filmed and posted on Youtube by his parents, details the horrific wounds covering Hamza’s body. He was beaten, burned, shot and had his genitals cut off. Hamza has since become a martyr for the Syrian rebellion. WARNING: Graphic video.
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The United States, in concert with European air strikes, launched missiles into Libya today in an effort to enforce the United Nations no-fly zone and protect civilians from the regime of Muammar Gadaffi. Here is President Obama’s statement on the strikes, codenamed Operation Odyssey Dawn.
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