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Civilians Suffer, Again, As Shells Rain Down On Donetsk

The city administration in Donetsk, one of two separatist-held provincial capitals, said five people were killed when shells hit a cultural center on January 30 and that two others were killed when a shell hit a trolleybus. The Ukrainian military, meanwhile, said that five of its soldiers were killed and 23 wounded in the previous 24 hours. It said rebels used mortars, rockets, and artillery in attacks on government positions at Debaltseve, a key junction between Donetsk and Luhansk. Rebels accuse the Ukrainian military of targeting civilian areas, while the government and rights groups say the separatists put civilians at risk by firing from civilian areas.