Monitors fear rising violence in eastern Ukraine

Ukrainian servicemen pet a dog at their position near the village of Peski, next to Donetsk on November 11, 2014International observers issued a stark warning over escalating violence in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday as Dutch investigators hoping to recover debris from a doomed airliner left the MH17 crash site with little progress. The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) said there was a “rising” risk that unrest in the war-torn region would get worse amid fears of a return to an all-out conflict. “The level of violence in eastern Ukraine and the risk of further escalation remain high and are rising,” Michael Bociurkiw of the OSCE’s Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine told a news conference in Kiev. Earlier Tuesday, OSCE observers reported seeing a convoy of 43 unmarked military trucks — five towing Howitzer heavy artillery pieces and another five multi-launch rocket systems — travelling into the rebel stronghold of Donetsk.

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