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Fighting rages near railway station in eastern Ukraine's Donetsk

Published on Jul 21, 2014 3:56 PM

DONETSK (REUTERS) - Fighting raged near the railway station in the rebel-held city of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine on Monday, and witnesses saw plumes of smoke and heard loud explosions from the area around the station in the city centre.

A pro-Russian separatist leader said Ukrainian forces were trying to break into Donetsk and a Reuters witness saw two rebel tanks heading towards the railway station, driving against a steady flow of people running away.

Donetsk is at the heart of a rebel uprising against rule by Kiev and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has vowed to retake the city as part of what Kiev calls its "anti-terrorist operation" against the separatists.

"Attention! There is fighting in the Krasnoarmeiskoye highway, roads Marshal Zhukov, Stratonavtov-Artyomovskaya (streets). In the square ... there is also fighting," the Donetsk city council said in a statement.

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