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Aug 18, 2014 9:44 AM by Associated Press

Ukraine claims rebels fire on a column of refugees, killing 'many'

MOSCOW (AP) - Ukraine's national security council is accusing rebels in the east of the country of firing rockets and mortars at civilians trying to flee from the region's intense fighting.

The barrage took place between two towns on the main road leading from the besieged city of Luhansk to Russia.

A security council spokesman says "many people were killed," including children, when their convoy was hit. But he does not say how many people or vehicles were in the convoy.

The road is the one that a Russian aid convoy likely would take if Ukraine allows it into the country.

The International Committee of the Red Cross is to take responsibility for the aid convoy when it enters Ukraine. It's demanding security guarantees from all sides, including the rebels, for the mission. So far, there's no indication that the guarantees have been given.

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