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Ukrainian Ambassador: Shelling by Russia-Backed Separatists a ‘Brutal Violation of the Ceasefire’

The U.S. has previously warned Russia could stage a false flag operation as a pretext to invade Ukraine, as about 150,000 troops have gathered at the border of the country.
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Ukraine's ambassador to the U.S. called Thursday's shelling of a village school by Russian-backed separatist forces "a brutal violation of the cease-fire" agreement.

Oksana Markarova told CNN's John Berman that "kids and teachers were present" when separatist forces bombed the Stanytsa Lugansk in the Luhansk region of Ukraine, which damaged a musical school.

"The fact is the Russia-led and -backed forces" shelled the village, she said. "There is a Russian side of the story, which is not correct."

As tensions build up over a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine, fighting broke out on Thursday, alarming nations across the world. Both Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed rebels accused each other on Thursday of firing across a cease-fire line in eastern Ukraine.

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