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Aug 24, 2014

Ukraine marks defiant national day, rebels parade captives

KIEV/DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) – Ukraine marked its independence day on Sunday with a military march past in Kiev intended to send a message of defiance to Russia, but pro-Moscow rebels countered by parading captured Ukrainian troops through the streets in their stronghold.

The rival events showed the divide that will need to be bridged if a compromise on Ukraine is to be reached on Tuesday when Russian President Vladimir Putin meets his Ukrainian counterpart for the first time in months.

Aug 22, 2014

On east Ukraine front, residents make home in Soviet-era bomb shelter

DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) – For those living on the front line between pro-Russian separatists and government troops in eastern Ukraine, the difference between life and death is often making it to the bomb shelter before the doors close.

The separatist territory of Petrovka, on the southern edge of the rebel stronghold of Donetsk, is only a few kilometers (miles) away from Ukrainian troop positions. Pro-Moscow rebels walk nearby paths through the leafy area daily to spy on their enemy and attack.

Aug 21, 2014

For embattled Ukraine rebels, no time to honor the dead

DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) – Pro-Moscow rebels in the Ukrainian city of Donetsk are taking such heavy losses in fighting with advancing government troops they no longer have time to give their comrades a proper burial.

That task fell instead on Wednesday afternoon to Igor Yegorov and his crew of three grave-diggers, dressed in track suit bottoms and vests, at the Sixth Capital municipal graveyard on the edge of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine.

Aug 20, 2014

Dozens die in Ukraine in street battles, Donetsk shelling

KIEV/DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) – Heavy shelling hit residential neighborhoods in Ukraine’s rebel stronghold of Donetsk and government forces fought street battles in other towns on Wednesday as they sought to crush a four-month-old separatist rebellion.

The forces of the Western-backed Kiev government are steadily gaining the upper hand over the separatists in Russian-speaking eastern Ukraine and are tightening the noose around the main rebel bastions of Donetsk and Luhansk.

Aug 20, 2014

Ukraine maternity ward nurtures new life as the shells fall

DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) – In a Ukrainian city stalked by death, Tatyana Makarchuk, the director of Donetsk Maternity Hospital No. 3, is making sure that new life can survive.

She has fitted out a cellar underneath the hospital with baby cots and ventilators so newborns can be moved there when, as often happens, the shells start landing.

Aug 20, 2014

Ukraine rebel movement faces uncertain future

DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) – The resignations were abrupt and unexpected, two quick-fire blows to a separatist movement already suffering reversals on the battle field of eastern Ukraine.

Alexander Borodai, the premier of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, and Igor Strelkov, his military commander, had together formed the rebels’ leadership against Ukrainian troops since armed men first seized state buildings across eastern Ukraine in April.

Aug 20, 2014

Insight – Ukraine rebel movement faces uncertain future

DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) – The resignations were abrupt and unexpected, two quick-fire blows to a separatist movement already suffering reversals on the battle field of eastern Ukraine.

Alexander Borodai, the premier of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, and Igor Strelkov, his military commander, had together formed the rebels’ leadership against Ukrainian troops since armed men first seized state buildings across eastern Ukraine in April.

Aug 18, 2014

Betrayal, desertion could mean execution, Ukraine rebel leaders warn fighters

DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) – Under growing pressure from a government offensive, the rebel leadership in Ukraine’s battle-torn east warned its fighters on Monday that desertion and betrayal could be met by execution.

The warning appeared to signal a growing concern by the leadership of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) over a breakdown of discipline in the fighting ranks as Kiev’s military stepped up its offensive.

Aug 17, 2014

Ukraine says its troops make breakthrough in rebel stronghold

KIEV/DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) – Ukrainian forces have raised their national flag over a police station in the city of Luhansk which was for months under rebel control, Kiev said on Sunday, in what could be a breakthrough in Ukraine’s efforts to crush pro-Moscow separatists.

Ukrainian officials allege though that the rebels are fighting a desperate rearguard action to hold on to Luhansk — which is their supply route into neighboring Russia — and say the flow of weapons and fighters from Russia has accelerated.

Aug 17, 2014

Kiev says separatists shoot down Ukrainian warplane

KIEV/DONETSK, Aug 17 (Reuters) – Pro-Russian separatists
shot down a Ukrainian warplane in eastern Ukraine overnight into
Sunday while at least 10 civilians were killed in fighting
involving artillery and mortar in the rebel-held city of
Donetsk, local authorities said.

The renewed fighting, which followed a claim by rebels that
they were receiving fresh stocks of heavy military equipment
from Russia and 1,200 fighters, cast a shadow over a high-level
international meeting in Berlin involving Russia and Ukraine.

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