Gung-ho rebels impose tough rule of newly-taken Ukraine city

Villagers look at pro-Russian fighters as the post a paper on the wall of a supermarket in downtown Novoazovsk on August 29, 2014Camouflaged rebel Alexander hung a sign on the wall of a busy supermarket Friday laying down the harsh new laws now governing the town of Novoazovsk after fighting drove out Ukrainian forces. “Brothers and sisters, if you know of any act of pillaging, thievery or violence call 0102.” Some 12 kilometres from the Russian border, this once quiet seaside town is now firmly under separatist control after fighters flooded across from Russia this week opening up a new front in Ukraine’s five-month insurgency. While rebel leaders insist their volunteer forces conducted the offensive, Kiev and the West say the combattants who took Novoazovsk on Wednesday were Russian army troops.

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