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Brutal winter set to hit war-torn eastern Ukraine

Brutal winter set to hit war-torn eastern Ukraine

 

DONETSK, Ukraine - Dark tunnels in the basement of a bombed-out hospital in the eastern city of Donetsk lead to a makeshift shelter.


October 30, 2014 - 11:13 GMT
In ravaged Ukraine rebel city, one man dreams of heat this winter

In ravaged Ukraine rebel city, one man dreams of heat this winter

 

Winter is coming to war-torn east Ukraine and 90-year-old Vasily Semyonovich is getting increasingly worried.


October 29, 2014 - 06:21 GMT
Russian crooner sings in Ukraine with rebel leader

Russian crooner sings in Ukraine with rebel leader

 

DONETSK, Ukraine - In defiance of Ukraine, a revered Soviet-era crooner has traveled from Russia to the rebel stronghold in eastern Ukraine to perform in support of separatists fighting the Ukrainian government.


October 27, 2014 - 18:03 GMT

Explosions heard in Donetsk after Ukraine election: mayor

 

DONETSK Ukraine Reuters - Heavy shelling rocked the outskirts of the pro-Russian rebel stronghold of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine on Monday, one day after Ukraine held a parliamentary election, the city mayor's office and officials in Kiev said.


October 27, 2014 - 09:01 GMT
Heavy shelling erupts near rebel-held Ukraine town after poll

Heavy shelling erupts near rebel-held Ukraine town after poll

 

Heavy shelling erupted Monday near the separatist held town of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, ending a calm period during weekend parliamentary elections.


October 27, 2014 - 08:51 GMT
Ukraine separatists turn backs on parliament election

Ukraine separatists turn backs on parliament election

 

Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine spurned a parliamentary election being held Sunday, saying they already knew the results: more war.


October 27, 2014 - 01:01 GMT

Powerful explosion rocks rebel-held Ukrainian city

 

DONETSK, Ukraine - A powerful explosion has shaken the largest rebel-controlled city in eastern Ukraine as daily battles continue in the region despite a nominal cease-fire being in place.


October 20, 2014 - 12:11 GMT
Shelling in east Ukraine's Donetsk kills four civilians

Shelling in east Ukraine's Donetsk kills four civilians

 

DONETSK Ukraine Reuters - Four civilians were killed and nine wounded by shrapnel during fighting on Saturday and Sunday in eastern Ukraine's separatist stronghold city of Donetsk, local officials said.


October 19, 2014 - 13:28 GMT
Four people killed in east Ukraine fighting: Kiev

Four people killed in east Ukraine fighting: Kiev

 

Donetsk Ukraine AFP - Two Ukrainian soldiers have been killed in combat with pro-Russian rebels in east Ukraine, Kiev's military said Saturday, as violence rocked a truce after talks between Kiev and Moscow ended without a breakthrough.


October 18, 2014 - 14:28 GMT
Rebel commander wages fight to the death for east Ukraine airport

Rebel commander wages fight to the death for east Ukraine airport

 

Donetsk Ukraine AFP - From an empty flat overlooking the shattered remains of eastern Ukraine's biggest airport, Givi is leading an all-out assault against the last government outpost in the main pro-Russian stronghold.


October 11, 2014 - 07:59 GMT
Ukraine lobbies NATO, IMF as deaths mount

Ukraine lobbies NATO, IMF as deaths mount

 

Donetsk Ukraine AFP - Ukraine dispatched top envoys to Washington and Brussels on Wednesday to secure help in the face of a surge in clashes with pro-Russian insurgents that killed eight more civilians and troops.


October 08, 2014 - 22:02 GMT
One killed, three wounded in shelling in east Ukraine

One killed, three wounded in shelling in east Ukraine

 

DONETSK Ukraine Reuters - At least one person was killed and three wounded when an artillery shell hit a shopping center in Donetsk, a city in east Ukraine controled by pro-Russian separatists where fighting goes on despite a ceasefire.


October 08, 2014 - 20:50 GMT
One month in, Ukraine truce exists in name only

One month in, Ukraine truce exists in name only

 

Donetsk Ukraine AFP - Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatist fighters marked one month on Sunday since the signing of a Kremlin-backed truce with one the most heated battles of the six-month war in the ex-Soviet state's eastern rustbelt.


October 05, 2014 - 13:35 GMT
Song and dance as pro-Russia rebels mark 'liberation'

Song and dance as pro-Russia rebels mark 'liberation'

 

Donetsk Ukraine AFP - Ukraine's largest rebel-controlled city on Saturday marked six months of independence from Kiev with Russian and separatist flags, a concert and even a ballet portraying their insurgency.


October 04, 2014 - 20:30 GMT
Ukraine's truce in trouble amid airport battle

Ukraine's truce in trouble amid airport battle

 

DONETSK, Ukraine - A month-long cease-fire in Donetsk looks like this: nine civilians killed on Wednesday, a Red Cross staffer killed Thursday, scores killed and wounded since the fighting was supposed to stop.


October 04, 2014 - 11:47 GMT
Battle rages for Ukraine's main eastern airport

Battle rages for Ukraine's main eastern airport

 

Donetsk Ukraine AFP - Ukrainian forces clashed with pro-Russian insurgents over control of a strategic airport in the restive east Friday and traded blame over the death of a Swiss aid worker, four weeks into their shaky truce.


October 03, 2014 - 18:25 GMT
Fighting rages around airport in eastern Ukraine

Fighting rages around airport in eastern Ukraine

 

DONETSK, Ukraine - Pro-Russian rebels are pressing to seize a key airport in eastern Ukraine despite fierce resistance by government forces.


October 03, 2014 - 12:19 GMT
Ukraine and rebels trade blame for Red Cross death as fighting resumes

Ukraine and rebels trade blame for Red Cross death as fighting resumes

 

Donetsk Ukraine AFP - Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian forces were engaged in fresh clashes in the eastern city of Donetsk on Friday as they traded blame over the death of a foreign aid worker four weeks into their shaky truce.


October 03, 2014 - 11:03 GMT
Red Cross office hit by shells in Ukraine, 1 dead

Red Cross office hit by shells in Ukraine, 1 dead

 

DONETSK, Ukraine - Red Cross says that one of its employees in the rebel-held city of Donetsk has been killed by shelling.


October 02, 2014 - 19:09 GMT
First shelling in heart of Ukraine's rebel hub interrupts truce

First shelling in heart of Ukraine's rebel hub interrupts truce

 

Donetsk Ukraine AFP - The heart of Ukraine's main pro-Russian separatist city came under heavy shelling Thursday for the first time since Moscow and Kiev struck a truce aimed at ending Europe's worst crisis in decades.


October 02, 2014 - 17:09 GMT
Centre of Ukraine's Donetsk shelled for first time since truce

Centre of Ukraine's Donetsk shelled for first time since truce

 

Donetsk Ukraine AFP - The centre of Ukraine's rebel stronghold of Donetsk came under heavy shelling Thursday for the first time since Moscow and Kiev signed a September 5 truce, an AFP correspondent reported.


October 02, 2014 - 16:31 GMT
Bloody back-to-school for Donetsk schoolchildren

Bloody back-to-school for Donetsk schoolchildren

 

Donetsk Ukraine AFP - Everything was ready for a nice back-to-school day, said Zoya, the watch woman of Donetsk school number 57.


October 01, 2014 - 23:17 GMT
'Ten civilians killed by shells' in Ukraine's Donetsk

'Ten civilians killed by shells' in Ukraine's Donetsk

 

Donetsk Ukraine AFP - Ten civilians died in attacks in Ukraine's rebel-held city of Donetsk on Wednesday, including from a shell that hit a school on the first day of class, regional authorities said, blaming pro-Russian rebels.


October 01, 2014 - 11:05 GMT

Ukraine rebels close in on Donetsk airport

 

DONETSK, Ukraine - Rebels in eastern Ukraine appear to be successfully closing in on the government-held airport of Donetsk, a strategic victory for the pro-Russian separatists that further undermines a shaky cease-fire in the region.


October 01, 2014 - 10:55 GMT

Shells hit school playground and nearby street in Ukraine city, four killed: eyewitnesses

 

DONETSK Ukraine Reuters - Shells hit a school playground and a nearby street in the city of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday, killing four people including a teacher and a parent, witnesses said.


October 01, 2014 - 10:18 GMT
Back to school in Donetsk to sound of mortar fire

Back to school in Donetsk to sound of mortar fire

 

Donetsk Ukraine AFP - Students returning for the new school year in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday will get real-life conflict lessons as they take their seats in battle-scarred classrooms.


September 29, 2014 - 16:21 GMT
Grim reaping for east Ukraine sunflower farmers

Grim reaping for east Ukraine sunflower farmers

 

Donetsk Ukraine AFP - Fields of sunflowers burnt brown under blue skies are ready for harvest -- but artillery and rocket attacks are stopping farmers in east Ukraine's frontline villages from gathering their crops.


September 25, 2014 - 18:56 GMT
Gunfire around Ukraine's Donetsk after NATO warns on truce

Gunfire around Ukraine's Donetsk after NATO warns on truce

 

Donetsk Ukraine AFP - Heavy gunfire erupted around the eastern Ukrainian rebel stronghold of Donetsk on Sunday, just hours after NATO's top military commander said there was a ceasefire in name only on the ground.


September 21, 2014 - 09:32 GMT
Ukraine munitions factory hit after new peace plan adopted

Ukraine munitions factory hit after new peace plan adopted

 

Donetsk Ukraine AFP - Explosions ripped through a munitions factory in eastern Ukraine controlled by pro-Russian rebels on Saturday after it came under artillery fire, local officials and AFP journalists said.


September 20, 2014 - 18:15 GMT

Leader of Russia-annexed Crimea backs Scottish 'yes' vote

 

MOSCOW/DONETSK Ukraine Reuters - The recently-installed leader of the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in March, on Thursday supported the Scottish independence vote and accused the West of double standards in its dealing with Moscow.


September 19, 2014 - 03:56 GMT
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