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Ukraine crisis : Army strikes rebels in Donetsk, 1 killed, 10 injured

Donetsk, Aug 11 (): The military of Ukraine has struck the main bastion of pro-Russian rebels in Donetsk in the south-eastern Ukraine with weaponry fire on Sunday, damaging buildings killing one person and injuring at least 10.

The shelling started early Sunday morning and it continued the whole day, a spokesman of the city council Maxim Rovinsky told the Associated Press by phone.

Reporters had heard about 25 loud explosions in just 30 minutes on Sunday in the centre of Donetsk. Nearly 300,000 of the 1 million resident dwellings in the city have blown up as the violence had intensified between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian government forces.

Overnight, the troops moved forward to “tighten up the ring” round Donetsk, destroying “large amount of shell” and killing several rebels, Ukrainian command said. The city council of Donetsk said during a “huge attack from heavy arms,” shells stuck a private house, civilian infrastructures and an outpatient clinic, injuring one woman.

Meanwhile, the rebels walked back from the earlier talks of possible truce and said the army of Ukraine had to end the military action first. On Saturday, Aleksandr Zakharchenko, the rebel leader called for a truce, in a process that could be intended at intensifying international burden on Ukraine to permit the aid mission of Russia.

A military spokesperson had stated that the rebels in “chaos and panic” had started to desert the region. Ukraine is considering the option of permitting a humanitarian operation in the region, as residents are struggling without reliable food sources or power.

Some 1,500 people are estimated to have died since the conflict began in April.

Rebels sparked a four-month clash when they attacked large parts of the east Ukraine and they declared independence from Ukraine.

Meantime, the West had warned Moscow that any effort to send the ‘humanitarian’ troops into the conflict-torn region would be ‘unacceptable’.