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Wednesday, 01 February 2017 - 8:38
Ukraine: Fighting flares up in eastern town of Avdiivka
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Fighting between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russia rebels in eastern Ukraine has escalated, with at least 13 civilians and fighters on both sides killed in the worst outbreak of violence in several weeks.

The warring sides were locked in heavy battles for a third day on Tuesday at the government-held town of Avdiivka, accusing each other of launching attacks and firing heavy artillery in violation of a two-year truce agreement.

The fighting damaged infrastructure and left thousands without water and electricity amid freezing conditions, with temperatures plunging to -20C at night.

As a result, authorities in the industrial town, in the region of Donbass, also known as Donetsk, declared a state of emergency.
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