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U.S. Accuses Kremlin Of Joining Ukraine Rebels In Assault Ahead Of Cease-Fire

MINSK, BELARUS - FEBRUARY 12: Russian President Vladimir Putin during a press conference after peace talks over the crisis in
MINSK, BELARUS - FEBRUARY 12: Russian President Vladimir Putin during a press conference after peace talks over the crisis in Ukraine on February 12, 2015 in Minsk, Belarus. It has been reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin has agreed to a ceasefire with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande. (Photo by Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images)

The United States accused Russia on Friday of massing artillery and rocket systems around a contested town in eastern Ukraine and joining pro-Russian rebels in attacking Ukrainian forces, calling such actions a violation of the spirit of a cease-fire agreement signed just one day earlier.

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