Fighting erupts in Ukraine as crash investigators arrive




 
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Fighting erupts in Ukraine as crash investigators arrive
 
July 21st, 2014  
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Fighting erupts in Ukraine as crash investigators arrive
By Anton Zverev and Peter Graff DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) - Ukraine launched a military assault to break pro-Russian rebels' hold on the eastern city of Donetsk on Monday in the first major hostilities in the area since Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down last week. As investigators arrived to inspect the bodies of hundreds of victims near the crash site, the fighting in Donetsk served as a reminder of the dangers they face working in a war zone. Artillery fire sent plumes of smoke skywards near the Donetsk railway station, around 60 km (40 miles) from the crash site, in what the separatists said was an attempt by government forces to enter the city they seized in April. Sergei Kavtaradze, of the rebels' self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, said at least four army tanks and armoured vehicles were trying to break through into the city.

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