Ukrainian soldiers patrol in a APC in the Donetsk region on September 4, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ANATOLII STEPANOV
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Ukraine reinforced its defences at the port of Mariupol on the Sea of Azov on Thursday in anticipation of a rebel attack amid reports that pro-Russian separatists were advancing on the city with tanks and artillery.A Ukrainian soldier told Reuters he had seen the separatists advancing on Mariupol, a city of about 500,000, with tanks, armoured personnel carriers and artillery.A Reuters witness heard about a dozen blasts and saw plumes of black smoke rising a few km (miles) to the east of Mariupol. He also saw an armoured personnel carrier conveying a wounded soldier into the city.
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