Ukraine reports fresh Russian strikes after announced ceasefire

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Russian forces struck the city of Kramatorsk in eastern Ukraine on Friday, the deputy head of Ukraine’s presidential administration said, after the supposed start of a unilateral Russian ceasefire.

“The occupiers hit the city with rockets twice,” Kyrylo Tymoshenko said on social media, adding that a residential building had been hit but there were no victims.

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AFP journalists heard both outgoing and incoming shelling in the frontline city of Bakhmut in eastern Ukraine on Friday after 0900 GMT when the Russian ceasefire was supposed to have come into effect.

The artillery fire was lighter than it has been in recent days and the streets of the largely bombed-out city were mostly empty except for military vehicles.

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