Fighting under way in Debaltseve

Fighting under way in Debaltseve
# 17 February 2015 11:01 (UTC +04:00)

The worst of the violence was around the town of Debaltseve, a key transport hub between the separatist-held cities of Donetsk and Lugansk, where thousands of government troops were mostly surrounded by heavily armed rebels.

The confrontation there was "intensifying" late Monday, a deputy police chief in the Kiev-controlled part of the region, Ilya Kiva, told Ukrainian television's Channel 5.

"Fighting is under way. There is mortar shelling, attacks with howitzers and Grad missile launchers of the centre of Debaltseve," he said.

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