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Fierce fighting between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian rebels broke out in the southeastern city of Mariupol on Friday, killing 21 people, all but one of them insurgents, Ukraine's interior minister said.An attempt by around 60 rebels armed with automatic weapons to storm the police headquarters turned into a "full-scale military clash" when army and interior ministry troop reinforcements arrived, Arsen Avakov said on his official Facebook page.He said the death toll from the near-two-hour combat stood at 20 rebels and one policeman, while another four policemen were wounded and four rebels were captured.Mariupol, a port city with a population of 500,000 located close to the Russian border, has been the scene of several clashes between Ukrainian forces and rebels in the past days and weeks -- though none as deadly as Friday's.
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