Tyres burn in Mariupol after latest clashes kill seven

Burning tyres poured smoke into the street outside Mariupol city hall hours after seven people were killed and dozens were wounded in continuing clashes in Ukraine.

Tyres burn outside Mariupol's city hall after seven people died in clashes overnight
Tyres burn outside Mariupol's city hall after seven people died in clashes overnight Credit: REUTERS/Marko Djurica

A referendum on self-rule is due to be held in the eastern port city of Mariupol in two days, and threatens to provoke further unrest.

A masked pro-Russian walks past an armoured personnel carrier after the clashes
A masked pro-Russian walks past an armoured personnel carrier after the clashes Credit: REUTERS/Marko Djurica

An eerie quiet fell over Mariupol as checkpoints became more vigilant following weeks of disruption from clashes between pro-Russians and Ukrainian forces.

A self-rule referendum is due to be held in eastern Ukraine in two days
A self-rule referendum is due to be held in eastern Ukraine in two days Credit: REUTERS/Marko Djurica

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