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Fresh violence rattles new Europe push for Ukraine talks

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Separatist rebels killed seven Ukrainian soldiers in a bloody ambush in the restive east, rattling efforts by Europe to step up a diplomatic push to resolve the escalating crisis on its doorstep. 

The violence flared as German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier was in Ukraine to push Kiev and pro-Moscow rebels to come together at the negotiating table after the East-West security body OSCE drew up a roadmap aimed at easing tensions.

But the battle lines remained drawn, with fears that Ukraine could be threatened with collapse following weekend independence referendums in the eastern industrial provinces of Donetsk and Lugansk that have been rejected by Kiev and the West.

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