Ukraine's army on outskirts of rebel stronghold

2014-08-03 16:18
A building damaged by shelling is seen in Mikolaivka village, near the city of Slovyansk, Donetsk Region, eastern Ukraine. (Dmitry Lovetsky, AP)

A building damaged by shelling is seen in Mikolaivka village, near the city of Slovyansk, Donetsk Region, eastern Ukraine. (Dmitry Lovetsky, AP)

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Donetsk - Fighting is raging on the western outskirts of Donetsk as the advancing Ukrainian army tries to seize control of the pro-Russian separatists' stronghold.

In danger of being encircled, the separatists renewed their calls for Russia to send troops to their aid. To support their operations, they have been confiscating vehicles and food from residents and businesses.

A spokesperson for the Ukrainian military operation, Alexei Dmitrashkovsky, told The Associated Press that government soldiers were fighting on Sunday to hold positions they had taken on the edge of Donetsk, but were meeting resistance.

In the part of the city closest to the fighting, an artillery shell hit a school overnight and set off a fire, but no one was reported hurt. The sound of gunfire and explosions was heard just to the west.

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