People are evacuated from a hospital during fighting near a regional police department in downtown Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
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Ukrainian forces struck at pro-Russian separatist bases in eastern regions with air and artillery strikes Tuesday after President Petro Poroshenko announced he would not renew a cease-fire but go on the offensive to rid Ukraine of "parasites".Poroshenko, who accuses Russia of fanning the conflict and allowing fighters and equipment to cross the border to support the rebels, turned his back on another renewal of a 10-day unilateral ceasefire after the phone talks involving Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and France's Francois Hollande.Poroshenko, just over three weeks in office, faces a possible popular backlash at home over military losses during the cease-fire and was under pressure to switch to more forceful action against the rebels.Announcing the military would now act to answer the "terrorists, militants and marauders," Poroshenko accused the rebels of failing to keep to the truce or follow a peace plan he had outlined.
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