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Ceasefire In Ukraine Reportedly Collapses As Shooting Breaks Out In Mariupol

Witnesses reported seeing explosions and rocket fire late Saturday.

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A short-lived ceasefire in eastern Ukraine apparently collapsed late Saturday when fighting broke out in Mariupol, a port city in the country's southeastern region.

BBC journalist Fergal Keane — who just hours before the shooting began had reported that the ceasefire was holding — tweeted from the scene.

#Ukraine shelling started at approx 2235 local and is continuing

Fergal Keane@fergalkeane47

#Ukraine shelling started at approx 2235 local and is continuing

12:45 PM - 06 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

#Ukraine On roof of hotel and can see flashes from explosions and hear powerful detonations.

Fergal Keane@fergalkeane47

#Ukraine On roof of hotel and can see flashes from explosions and hear powerful detonations.

1:30 PM - 06 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Other witnesses told the Associated Press the fighting included explosions and rocket fire on the eastern edge of the city. Ukrainian troops have established defensive lines against the pro-Russian rebels in that same area.

BBC News producer Will Vernon tweeted a picture that appeared to show an explosion.

Other journalists who tweeted about the violence included Roland Oliphant of The Telegraph, Shaun Walker of The Guardian, and Polish television reporter Wojciech Bojanowski.

We hear shelling in the outskirts od #Mariupol

#ceasefire is over. Now we hear shelling again in eastern Mariupol. People hiding in cellars. Its tough.

Wojciech Bojanowski@BojanowskiW

#ceasefire is over. Now we hear shelling again in eastern Mariupol. People hiding in cellars. Its tough.

2:25 PM - 06 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Eastern checkpoint hit. Tank just went straight into town don't know whose

Roland Oliphant@RolandOliphant

Eastern checkpoint hit. Tank just went straight into town don't know whose

1:38 PM - 06 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Those were Ukrainian tanks pulling back into city

Roland Oliphant@RolandOliphant

Those were Ukrainian tanks pulling back into city

1:43 PM - 06 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

In #Mariupol a car shot near the factory. Somebody knows what happend?

Wojciech Bojanowski@BojanowskiW

In #Mariupol a car shot near the factory. Somebody knows what happend?

3:14 PM - 06 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The ceasefire began Friday and initially appeared to be holding.

The ceasefire between the Ukrainian government, pro-Russian rebels, and Russia was signed Friday in Belarus. Immediately after it took effect, shelling appeared to stop in eastern Ukraine, the AP reported.

It was not immediately clear who initially broke the ceasefire Saturday night.

#Ukraine To all asking:who started it? Impossible to say right now.Will try to get clearer picture in the morning when its safe to check.

Fergal Keane@fergalkeane47

#Ukraine To all asking:who started it? Impossible to say right now.Will try to get clearer picture in the morning when its safe to check.

12:51 PM - 06 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

However, a twitter account claiming to represent self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic tweeted that "Armed Forces Novorossiya take Mariupol."

Вооруженные Силы Новороссии берут Мариуполь.

ДНР Новороссия@press_dnr

Вооруженные Силы Новороссии берут Мариуполь.

2:01 PM - 06 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

As far as I understand from what officials there have said, the @press_dnr account is official. So DNR officially admits breaking ceasefire.

Shaun Walker@shaunwalker7

As far as I understand from what officials there have said, the @press_dnr account is official. So DNR officially admits breaking ceasefire.

2:37 PM - 06 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Later, the same account tweeted about continued fighting: "Prime DNR Zakharchenko: The ceasefire is not fully complied with, fighting continues"

Премьер ДНР Захарченко: Договоренность о прекращении огня полностью не соблюдается, бои продолжаются

ДНР Новороссия@press_dnr

Премьер ДНР Захарченко: Договоренность о прекращении огня полностью не соблюдается, бои продолжаются

2:47 PM - 06 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The fighting apparently stopped early Sunday morning.

No shelling for a while. Lots of flames on the novoazovsk road out if town.

Roland Oliphant@RolandOliphant

No shelling for a while. Lots of flames on the novoazovsk road out if town.

2:24 PM - 06 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

#Ukraine quiet now but reliable reports Ukr c/p we filmed at earlier hit by shellfire.Could see flames in distance and flashes.

Fergal Keane@fergalkeane47

#Ukraine quiet now but reliable reports Ukr c/p we filmed at earlier hit by shellfire.Could see flames in distance and flashes.

2:26 PM - 06 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Jim Dalrymple is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.

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