Ukrainian troops, pro-Russian rebels clash in Mariupol, 8 dead

Ukrainian troops, pro-Russian rebels clash in Mariupol, 8 dead

Ukrainian forces clashed with pro-Russian separatists in Mariupol on Friday at the port town's police headquarters and at the local interior ministry building, killing eight people and wounding others, Interfax- Ukraine news agency reported.

The news agency said police were trying to wrest back control of the police building when they came under fire from pro-Russians who had taken the interior ministry building.

Local police in the eastern Donetsk region, centre of a pro-Russian rebellion against Kiev, said they could not comment.

Tetyana Ignatchenko, a journalist in Mariupol, said there was fierce fighting outside the police headquarters which pro-Russian rebels had seized. She said there was one dead and six wounded on the rebel side.

Ukrainian forces had brought had brought several armoured cars into the town, a major industrial and shipping centre with a population of about half a million.

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