Deutsche Welle: Fighting intensifies in eastern Ukraine despite ceasefire

Eastern Ukraine has witnessed the worst clashes since the Minsk ceasefire deal was brokered in February. European observers continue to call for peace amid ceasefire violations by both parties.

A Ukrainian soldier was killed and six others wounded over the last 24 hours," Andy Lysinko, Ukraine's military spokesman, said at a news briefing on Sunday.

Lysneko added that the rebels used large-caliber artillery in violation of the Minsk protocol.

The shelling of Donetsk, considered the separatists' central hub, has resumed following weeks of calm, leaving at least six rebels wounded, the separatists' official website reported.

The intensified clashes follow the one year anniversary of unrest in Odessa that left more than 40 pro-Russia rebels dead in May 2014.

Ukraine War News Updates -- May 3, 2015

Ukrainian soldier and civilian killed in intensifying clashes -- AFP
One more Ukrainian serviceman killed in eastern Ukraine: Kiev -- Reuters
Ukraine Crisis Update: Separatists, Government Forces Exchange Artillery Fire, Threatening Uneasy Truce -- IBTimes
Sakhanka village in DPR comes under intensive fire from Ukrainian army — agency -- ITAR-TASS
Six militiamen, three civilians injured in overnight shellings in Donbass -- ITAR-TASS
Russian-separatist forces cite shelling to justify next offensive -- Kyiv Post
Upswing in fighting in Ukraine sends civilians fleeing and puts truce in doubt -- The Guardian
Moscow urges OSCE to act amid reports of Donetsk shelling -- RT
Russians training 50,000-strong militant army in Donbas - Ukraine's presidential spokesman -- Ukraine Today
Monitors Powerless to Prevent Putin Reinforcing Rebels -- Newsweek
Thousands dodge Ukraine army in fight with rebels -- USA Today
Lethal divisions persist in Ukraine's Odessa -- BBC
'There was heroism and cruelty on both sides': the truth behind one of Ukraine's deadliest days -- The Guardian
Kiev is making no ‘tangible steps’ to investigate Odessa massacre – Moscow -- RT
US, Ukraine Urge Russia to Pursue Political Solution to Ukraine Conflict -- VOA
We Went on the Front Lines of Ukraine’s War -- Zack Baddorf, War Is Boring

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