KIEV, Ukraine – Rebels and government troops fired on each other’s positions Sunday in a strategically important city in eastern Ukraine as Washington released images that it said proved Russia is shooting across the border into Ukraine to support separatists.
At least 13 civilians were reported killed in the fighting around Horlivka, an industrial city of almost 300,000 people about 30 miles from the rebel bastion of Donetsk.
The Ukrainian military denied targeting civilians and said the pro-Russian rebels were to blame for the damage and casualties.
The Obama administration on Sunday released grainy surveillance photographs that it said were evidence that Russia has fired artillery rounds from its side of the border on Ukrainian military units.
Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, a Russian Defense Ministry spokesman, charged Sunday that the United States is getting most of its intelligence data on the Russian military from social media and suggested that it turn to more trustworthy information, the news agency ITAR-Tass reported.
Maine family of 5 found fatally shot
A family of five, including three children ranging in age from 4 to 12 years old, were found shot to death Sunday inside a southern Maine apartment, authorities said.
Investigators in Saco said a gun was found near one of the bodies and it appeared no one outside the family was responsible for the shootings. Authorities did not release the names of the family but said the parents were in their 30s and the children were ages 4, 7 and 12.
Their father was a maintenance worker for the complex who was friendly and outgoing, neighbors said.
Saco police found the bodies in three rooms.
Judge strikes down gun ban in D.C.
A federal judge struck down the District of Columbia’s ban on carrying guns outside of a person’s home, concluding it violates Second Amendment rights.
The ruling from U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Scullin is the latest in a protracted fight over gun laws in Washington. In 2008, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark decision striking down the city’s 32-year-old ban on handguns.
In a decision made public Saturday, Scullin concluded that the Second Amendment gives people the right to carry a gun outside the home for self-defense.
Violence in Libya leaves 38 dead
Heavy clashes between Libyan soldiers loyal to a renegade general and Islamist-led militias killed 38 people, health officials said Sunday, as fighting between rival militias around the capital’s international airport raged on and European nations warned their citizens to leave.