|arya||Date: Tuesday, 02-September-2014, 3:52 PM | Message # 1|
Ukraine's military pulled back its forces from defending a checkpoint near Luhansk on Monday in the latest retreat for Kyiv-backed troops.
Locals had taken shelter in cellars while the fighting raged. Ukraine soldiers said the separatists had Russian support.
The strategic port city of Mariupol appears to be a rebel target after intense fighting in the area. Some believe Russia wants to establish a supply corridor for Crimea.