Ukrainian soldiers flee Russian surge

Artillery said pounding Kiev forces

Posted: August 28, 2014 at 4:57 a.m.

A column of Ukrainian armor and trucks waits for the signal to move on the town of Mariupol in eastern Ukraine, where experts say Russia is trying to open a new front in the fighting.

Tanks, artillery and infantry have crossed from Russia into a previously unbreached part of eastern Ukraine in recent days, attacking Ukrainian forces and causing panic and wholesale retreat in a wide area, Ukrainian and Western military officials said.

Women hurry across a street Wednesday in Donetsk in eastern Ukraine after an artillery barrage by Ukrainian government forces.

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