The situation in Ukraine: a West Block primer

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Watch: A West Block primer on the situation in Ukraine and how we got here

Just days away from a ceasefire, Russian-backed separatists are mounting a major, sustained effort to capture Debaltseve, a strategic railway hub south of Artemivsk.

Associated Press reporters saw the body of a child killed Friday afternoon after rocket fire hit a residential area in Artemivsk. It was not immediately clear who was responsible for the attack.

The deadline for the warring sides to halt hostilities is Sunday morning at one minute after midnight.

Ukraine consists of three basic regions, the centre including Kiev, the west and its strong ties to Europe and the east, where most people speak Russian and look to Moscow for leadership.

The conflict is in the east, rebels there want to be part of Russia.

Against overwhelming evidence, Russia denies involvement in the conflict.

In recent weeks fighting has intensified. Theā€¦

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