A pro-Russia fighter smokes at a checkpoint in the village of Karlivka near Donetsk, eastern Ukraine July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
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Ukrainian troops backed by tanks and fighter-bombers pressed Wednesday with a renewed offensive against pro-Kremlin insurgents that has drawn Russian ire but also vital U.S. support.The border guard service in Kiev said that militias killed one Ukrainian soldier and wounded four others in separate mortar fire attacks along the Russian border.Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko Monday took the risky step of contradicting his European allies for the first time since his May 25 elections by ripping up a 10-day ceasefire.Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Poroshenko now bore full responsibility for the deaths that would follow in an offensive that has already claimed more than 450 lives in 11 weeks.The warning appeared designed to show that Putin had until now been willing to work with the new Ukrainian leader despite the February ouster of a pro-Kremlin administration in what Moscow branded a "coup". Western powers had also reported a significant withdrawal of Russian forces from the border with Ukraine.
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