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19-year-old twin sisters fight with pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine

Twins Anya and Katya, 19, have fought with the Donetsk People's Republic since October

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Two teenage twins are fighting alongside pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine and have garnered international media attention.

Twins Anya and Katya, 19, have fought with the Donetsk People's Republic since October, the Daily Mail reports.

In a series of photos by the Getty agency, the twins are seen at a base near the town of Mariupol.

The teenagers were snapped playing on their mobile phones while sitting between two male fighters.

They were also photographed alongside Ukrainian flags seized in Debaltseve, a transport hub.

Meanwhile last week, Ukraine accused Moscow of sending more tanks and troops into eastern Ukraine despite a European-brokered truce that went into force last Sunday.

Moscow did not immediately respond to the accusation but has always denied accusations in the past that its forces are fighting in Ukraine.

“There is no question there have been a huge number of violations (of the ceasefire),” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters at the time. “The question is what is the status of where we think this is going from here and what are the costs that should be imposed,” the official added.

Washington warned Russia on Friday that the continued support of separatists fighting in Ukraine was a direct threat to the “modern global order”.

(With Reuters)