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This Is What War In Ukraine Looks Like

Pro-Russian rebels unleashed a barrage of rocket fire against the eastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol Saturday. The rockets killed at least 30 civilians.

Last updated on July 3, 2018, at 1:05 p.m. ET

Posted on January 24, 2015, at 11:26 p.m. ET

AP Sergey Vaganov

A barrage of rocket fire killed and injured scores of people Saturday in Mariupol, a strategically important port city in eastern Ukraine.

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People stand next to the body of a victim killed in Mariupol Saturday.

International leaders — including U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry — have blamed the attack on pro-Russian, separatist rebels.

A car burns on the street in a residential area of Mariupol.
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A car burns on the street in a residential area of Mariupol.

The rockets reportedly hit a market, a toy store, and residential buildings. In the aftermath, bodies lay in the street while fires burned in buildings.

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A body lies in a Mariupol street guarded by Ukrainian soldiers.

The attack on Mariupol happened as the rebels have gone on the offensive, crossing a border that was established in a September ceasefire agreement with the Ukrainian government.

Burned out cars in Mariupol.
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Burned out cars in Mariupol.

Ukrainian defense minister Stepan Poltorak said that since Friday “illegal military divisions are going on the offensive everywhere.”

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Residents of Mariupol stand near the body of a victim of Saturday's attack.

On Friday Russian President Vladimir Putin blamed the increased violence on "criminal orders" in Ukraine, but Ukrainian officials have claimed that Putin personally approved the offensive.

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At least 262 people have died since fighting resumed in Ukraine on Jan. 13, according to the United Nations. More than 5,000 people have died since April, when hostilities first began.

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A body lies in a Mariupol street Saturday.

Fighting also took place Saturday around a checkpoint in the town of Krasniy Partizan, in eastern Ukraine. The rebels captured the checkpoint, the Associated Press reported.

A pro-Russian rebel holds a Ukrainian flag found at a captured checkpoint in Krasniy Partizan Saturday.
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A pro-Russian rebel holds a Ukrainian flag found at a captured checkpoint in Krasniy Partizan Saturday.

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An Orthodox priest stands next to the bodies of killed Ukrainian soldiers in the town of Krasniy Partizan Saturday.

A pro-Russian rebel patrols positions at a check-point in Krasniy Partizan Saturday.
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A pro-Russian rebel patrols positions at a check-point in Krasniy Partizan Saturday.

In Kiev, Ukrainians held a candlelight vigil Saturday for those who died in Mariupol.

People light candles in Independence Square in Kiev Saturday.
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People light candles in Independence Square in Kiev Saturday.

Ukrainians also gathered in Donetsk, an eastern city less than two hours from Mariupol, to mourn victims of the violence.

People hold placards with the slogan "I am Bosse" during a mourning ceremony for victims killed in the shelling of a bus stop in Donetsk Saturday.
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People hold placards with the slogan "I am Bosse" during a mourning ceremony for victims killed in the shelling of a bus stop in Donetsk Saturday.

Elsewhere in eastern Ukraine, soldiers spent their weekend in defensive positions along the line between government- and rebel-held territory.

A Ukrainian serviceman stands guard at his position in the village of Luhanska Saturday.
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A Ukrainian serviceman stands guard at his position in the village of Luhanska Saturday.

Ukrainian servicemen guard their position in the village of Luhanska Saturday.
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Ukrainian servicemen guard their position in the village of Luhanska Saturday.