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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.

People stand beside the body of a man killed after a shell hit a residential area, killing two civilians, in Donetsk's Kyibishevsky district.
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People stand beside the body of a man killed after a shell hit a residential area, killing two civilians, in Donetsk's Kyibishevsky district.

People take cover during shelling in Donetsk.
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People take cover during shelling in Donetsk.

Men look at the covered bodies of victims at a site hit by shelling in Donetsk.
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Men look at the covered bodies of victims at a site hit by shelling in Donetsk.

OSCE monitors examine the impact of a shell that hit a residential area in Donetsk's Kyibishevsky district.
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OSCE monitors examine the impact of a shell that hit a residential area in Donetsk's Kyibishevsky district.

An elderly woman looks on after a shell hit a residential area in Donetsk's Kyibishevsky district.
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An elderly woman looks on after a shell hit a residential area in Donetsk's Kyibishevsky district.

People look from a bus window at the body of a man lying in the street after shells hit a residential area, killing two civilians, in Donetsk's Kyibishevsky district.
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People look from a bus window at the body of a man lying in the street after shells hit a residential area, killing two civilians, in Donetsk's Kyibishevsky district.

Ukrainian servicemen bring a wounded comrade to a hospital in the eastern Ukrainian city Artemivsk, in the Donetsk region.
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Ukrainian servicemen bring a wounded comrade to a hospital in the eastern Ukrainian city Artemivsk, in the Donetsk region.

Ukrainian serviceman escort a wounded woman in the eastern Ukrainian city of Artemivsk, in the Donetsk region.
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Ukrainian serviceman escort a wounded woman in the eastern Ukrainian city of Artemivsk, in the Donetsk region.

Local citizens board a bus to be evacuated from the town of Debaltsevo in the Donetsk region.
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Local citizens board a bus to be evacuated from the town of Debaltsevo in the Donetsk region.

A woman surveys damage to a house in the suburbs of Donetsk that locals said was damaged by shelling.
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A woman surveys damage to a house in the suburbs of Donetsk that locals said was damaged by shelling.

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