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Ukrainian president sends more troops to the east


 Ukraine's president says additional troops are being deployed to the east, where fighting continues to rage between government forces and pro-Russian separatist fighters.

   Petro Poroshenko said Tuesday that the units would defend from possible incursions toward cities still under government control.

   His remarks came after Ukrainian security officials claimed that Russia has intensified the transfer of troops and military equipment to separatist rebels. Moscow denies it aids the rebels.

   Without specifying how many troops are involved, Poroshenko said three lines of fortification are under development to repel attacks.

   A cease-fire was agreed in early September, but the truce has been violated regularly.

   Prospects of unrest appear to have increased since separatist authorities held an election Sunday that Ukraine and the West have called illegal and destabilizing.

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