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Fragile ceasefire holds despite sporadic fighting in Eastern Ukraine

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Fragile ceasefire holds despite sporadic fighting in Eastern Ukraine

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A ceasefire in officially still in place in eastern Ukraine, but as smoke and blasts fill the air, the echoes of conflict loom large.

Saturday brought sporadic fighting to Donetsk as the country’s armed forces claim they repelled a separatist assault on the regional airport.

Further south In Mariupol it is a fragile, mistrusted peace, as people ready themselves for any return to open hostilities. A local teacher Yelena Skorova described the reality of living on the edge of conflict:

“In case of emergencies - we are in conflict zone- of course we are ready for that and children are ready for that and parents know where you can hide in case of shelling.”

Should the ceasefire break in southeastern Ukraine, the port city of Mariupol will likely be on the frontline. It is a reality not lost on locals who took to the streets to rally for peace on Saturday.