Separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine Friday accused government forces of shelling residential areas under their control with heavy artillery, while Ukrainian forces also accused the rebels of violating the ongoing cease-fire.

The rebel mouthpiece Donetsk News Agency said Ukrainian forces used Grad multiple rocket launchers Thursday night and Friday morning north of Donetsk. Under the Sept. 1 cease-fire, which has largely held, heavy weaponry was supposed to have been withdrawn weeks ago.

The uptick in fighting comes as the foreign ministers of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany are gathering in Berlin for talks to discuss a peace settlement for the conflict which has already claimed more than 8,000 lives.

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