Kiev says that rebels have blocked rescue workers from reaching the mine, where dozens are feared dead.
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A newly forged cease-fire all but collapsed as government troops withdrew from the transit hub of Debaltseve in what appears to be another implicit victory for Russia's Vladimir Putin.
An internationally brokered cease-fire took effect Sunday. But fighting between Army forces and rebels raged in the strategic rail hub, with both sides refusing to withdraw heavy weaponry.
The Kremlin has been able to make its decisions without public scrutiny, despite the disparate Russian elites jockeying for the president’s ear. Even those directly involved have no idea with whom else Putin may be consulting.
Russia’s leader keeps his relationships in the Kremlin's halls of power private. But military and security types seem to be gaining favor over once-prominent oligarchs and ideologues.
Russia-backed rebels say they have surrounded a key transportation hub, while government forces have opened a new front near the port of Mariupol.
The French and German leaders will then proceed to Moscow. NATO has also announced a 'spearhead' force that will deploy in the Baltics as a deterrent to what many in Europe see as growing Russian assertiveness.