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Aug 27, 2014 11:40 AM by Associated Press

Mayor: Rebels enter key southeast Ukrainian town

NOVOAZOVSK, Ukraine (AP) - The mayor of a town in southeastern Ukraine that has been under heavy shelling for three days says rebel forces have entered the town.

Novoazovsk is in a strategically significant location on the shore of the Azov Sea and on the road linking Russia to the Russian-annexed Crimean peninsula.

In a brief phone call Wednesday, Mayor Oleg Sidorkin told The Associated Press that rebels had penetrated into the town. There were no immediate details on the size of the rebel force.

This is the first time in the four-month-long conflict that fighting has reached as far south as the seacoast and suggests that the rebels are emboldened.



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