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5 Ukrainian troops killed; fierce battles reported

More Shelling in Eastern Ukraine Leaves Residents Scared

Associated Press

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Five troops were killed and two civilians died in the past 24 hours in rebel-held areas of eastern Ukraine as government troops pressed to recapture more territory from pro-Russian separatists.

Ukrainian troops have made significant advances into rebel-held territory this week in a conflict that has already claimed more than 2,000 lives and forced over 340,000 people to flee their homes. Ukraine celebrates Independence Day on Sunday and reports are rife that the government is aiming to achieve a breakthrough by that date.

Andriy Lysenko, spokesman for the Ukrainian National Security Council, told reporters Thursday that government troops were still fighting separatists in and around Ilovaysk, a town near the rebel-held city of Donetsk, even though he said Ilovaysk was under government control.

At least two people were killed and an unspecified number wounded Thursday in an artillery strike on a suburb of Donetsk, the mayor's office said. Once home to 1 million, the largest city still held by the rebels has seen one-third of its population flee. Over 50 people and troops were killed Wednesday in shelling and fighting in the Donetsk region.

Fierce fighting also continued in Luhansk, a rebel stronghold 20 kilometers (12 miles) from the Russian border, Lysenko said. The city has been under siege for 19 days, lacking basic amenities like running water or electricity.

Ukraine has accused Russia of arming and supporting the separatists since fighting began in mid-April, a charge Russia has always denied. AP journalists have seen a significant number of Russian fighters among the rebels, but Moscow says they are individuals who chose to go fight on their own.

Ukrainian troops claimed Thursday to have seized two Russian infantry vehicles outside of Luhansk. Photos provided by the defense ministry showed one infantry vehicle and an array of Russian civilian and army IDs.

Moscow denied the reports. A spokesman for Russia's defense ministry told Russian news agencies that the armored personal carrier in the photos did not belong to Russia and the kind of documents found in the vehicle had not been used for five years.

"This is already the hundredth piece of `evidence' among the daily `revelations' of a Russian presence on Ukrainian territory," Interfax quoted spokesman Igor Konashenkov as saying.

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Welcome Justin August 21 2014 at 8:21 AM

So more Ukrainian advances and more civilian deaths. Why is it that the media will portray the suffering of Gaza civilians who back the terrorist Hamas group, yet barely even acknowledges the suffering of hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians at the hands of the gov we installed ?

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ramonbatt Welcome Justin August 21 2014 at 8:56 AM

United States EU care only for oil!

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flyingfortresb17 Welcome Justin August 21 2014 at 12:48 PM

We did not install crap. The Ukrainian people voted that government into office.

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Jeremiah August 21 2014 at 9:30 AM

The US needs to throw its support behind the Ukraine, but our erstwhile amateur golfer Kook-inChief is off somewhere chipping out of a sand trap while the Ukraine burns.

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ge944 Jeremiah August 21 2014 at 9:38 AM

As opposed to chopping wood on his ranch in Texas

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thosholzel August 21 2014 at 10:03 AM

Amazing how this story has sucked in the Closet Commies to bellow their outrage at a country trying to defend itself from the Russian Bear's embrace

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jhgklm August 21 2014 at 10:12 AM

Our problem with respect to foreign policy is that we want one set of rules for us and those we like and a separate set for those we dislike. Israel bombs Gaza and we say Israel is defending itself then Russia defends itself and we have a problem. Same with mideast. We kill 100's of thousand with war and drones and then go irate when they kill one of ours. Say a prayer for the families of all civilians killed as they are the true victims.

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flyingfortresb17 jhgklm August 21 2014 at 12:49 PM

The Ukraine is not part of Russia dolt.

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Dolphin Point August 21 2014 at 9:30 AM

President Obama is fulfilling his promise to Russia, which was caught on tape (when he thought he was not being recorded)

This is just more Obama, making sure all countries are equal in the world, with a race to the bottom, where the bullies live

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almazstmp August 21 2014 at 9:36 AM

Russian humanitarian aid was agreed to by the Kiev government under International pressure. As of now the convoy is held up at the border by the Ukrainian authorities.
Of course, AOL is burring this story and diverting attention by reporting fictitious invasion of Russian military vehicles.

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gpfs almazstmp August 21 2014 at 11:30 AM

Fine, then let Ukrain inspect the "cargo. If there is nothing to hide, why not?

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almazstmp gpfs August 21 2014 at 12:32 PM

Ukrainian inspection is a part of the agreement. The hold up is by the Ukrainian customs, who say they are not ready to inspect the cargo due to the paperwork mix up in their agency. That's B.S., they are stalling. Fascist weasels.

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almazstmp August 21 2014 at 8:48 AM

One sided Kiev propaganda disguised as journalism. The advances on the battlefield were made by pro-Russian side.

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appeallawyercohen almazstmp August 21 2014 at 9:26 AM

Exactly the same as Hamas propaganda and photo ops. Israelis defending themselves is horrific but Christians killing each other is SOP.

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ge944 almazstmp August 21 2014 at 9:39 AM


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ronbobel7 August 21 2014 at 8:57 AM

two sides to this story. the people in this area dont like the govt imposed on them and are fighting back. many are in refugee status in russia.

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camjnbp August 21 2014 at 11:34 AM

russia are not the bad guys and ukraine are not the good guys.

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franksgreenworld August 21 2014 at 11:14 AM

Forget them. Take care of us in the USA

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gpfs franksgreenworld August 21 2014 at 11:34 AM

Interesting, you looking for a handout?

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