Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says army forces have cleared the eastern town of Maryinka of separatists after a surge in fighting. Nathan Frandino reports.
Ukrainian forces stationed near the eastern town of Maryinka say the situation remains tense but stable after a recent surge in fighting. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) UKRAINIAN SOLDIER FROM KIEV-1 BATTALION, YEVHEN DEDEY, SAYING: "We are clearing up now and have been working since four in the morning. Thank God, nobody was killed from our ranks, but unfortunately two civilians were killed and two soldiers were wounded." A 12-hour fire fight involving artillery between Ukraine and pro-Russian separatists left residents shaken. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) UNIDENTIFIED MARYINKA RESIDENT, SAYING (SPEAKING TO JOURNALIST WITH BACK TO CAMERA): "The shell just exploded. You see it on me - good thing I was sitting on the side." As Ukrainian forces continued their sweep through the city, President Petro Poroshenko repeated a warning of a possible full-scale invasion by Russia. (SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian) UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT, PETRO POROSHENKO, SAYING: "Is Russian aggression possible or not? I can tell you that the amount of Russian troops near the Ukrainian border and the amount of troops on the occupied territories today is unprecedented." The president said forces now controlled Maryinka, but whether or not the fighting flares up again remains to be seen.