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13 dead in fierce fighting in Ukraine east

Iran Press TV

Sun Jul 27, 2014 3:48PM GMT

Fierce fighting between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russians has left at least 13 people dead in Ukraine's eastern Donetsk region, officials say.

The Donetsk regional administration said in a statement that at least 13 people, including two children, were killed on Sunday in the Ukrainian army's bombing in and near the city of Horlivka in Donetsk.

"As a result of military actions in Horlivka, 13 people have died, among them two children of one and five," it said, citing information from the local healthcare department.

The statement added that operations by medical teams in north of Donetsk, were hampered by "constant shooting."

The bloodshed in Ukraine's east comes more than a week after Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, carrying 298 passengers and crew on board, was shot down over the Donetsk region while en route from the Dutch city of Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.

Ukraine launched military operations in eastern regions of Donetsk and Lugansk in mid-April to crush the pro-Russia protests there. Violence intensified in May after the two flashpoint regions held local referendums, in which their residents voted overwhelmingly in favor of independence from Ukraine.

The referendums echoed a March vote in Ukraine's then autonomous region of Crimea that led to the integration of the Black Sea peninsula into the Russian Federation.

Hundreds of people have been killed in the ongoing military campaign in the country. Tens of thousands were also forced to escape to Russia, with the majority arriving in Russia's Rostov Province, which borders Ukraine's eastern regions of Donetsk and Lugansk.

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