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Shelling in Donetsk as Ukrainian troops close in


08-16-2014 10:24 BJT

The shelling of Donetsk continues as Ukrainian troops move closer to the rebel stronghold.

Billows of smoke could be seen rising above the eastern city. Ukrainian authorities said they decided to regain control of Donetsk ahead of Independence Day on August 24th. The government troops also took control of Novosvitlitvka, blocking off the last route rebels could use between Lukansk and Donetsk.

In the city of Lukansk, the militia suffered greatly in the fighting against government troops. The government forces announced they had sieged the whole city. There has been no power and water for two weeks and people there also suffering food shortages.

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