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Donetsk Oblast: Novoazovsk and Mariupol on the Sea of Azov near the Russian border. Click to navigate.

Russian troops under separatist flags have reportedly crossed the border into southern Donetsk oblast, in a surprise assault, and forced back Ukrainian troops that had been stationed there. The Russian units, which include tanks and artillery, are believed to be making an offensive against nearby Mariupol (about twenty miles away), the second largest city in the Donetsk Oblast, in an effort to relieve pressure on the besieged rebels in the city of Donetsk, to the north … [READ MORE]