Ukrainian army battles rebels for control of Debaltseve

The fighting has erupted on the streets of the besieged town of Debaltseve in eastern Ukraine, despite the shaky truce. The rebels claim they have taken over most of the key strategic city.

Ukrainian army and rebels were engaged in heavy fighting in Debaltseve on Tuesday, despite the truce deal brokered last week. The city located between two rebel strongholds Donetsk and Luhansk has been repeatedly shelled since the truce came into effect on Sunday.

On Tuesday, the rebels claimed they have started to “sweep” Debaltseve, which reportedly holds thousands of government troops.

“The city’s police precinct is taken… and the train station, most of the city is controlled by the DNR (People’s Republic of Donetsk), the sweep continues”, a representative of the rebels told Russian Interfax news agency.
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Source News: DW