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Ukraine rebels seek cease-fire, aid

Concern raised over possible Russian humanitarian mission

Posted: August 10, 2014 at 3:36 a.m.

Ukrainian government forces roll Saturday through eastern Ukraine near the rebel stronghold of Donetsk, which they now have surrounded. Rebel leader Aleksandr Zakharchenko said his fighters are ready for a cease-fire to prevent a “humanitarian catastrophe,” but his motives were not clear, officials said.

Ukraine's rebels are surrounded and ready to agree to a cease-fire to prevent a "humanitarian catastrophe," the insurgents' new leader said Saturday as conditions deteriorated in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk, artillery thundering through deserted streets.

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