Center of main rebel city in Ukraine hit by shells
By MSTYSLAV CHERNOV, Associated Press
Smoke from shelling rises over a residential apartment house in Shakhtarsk, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine on Monday, July 28, 2014. An international police team abandoned its attempt to reach the crash site of a Malaysia Airlines plane for a second day running Monday as clashes raged in a town on the road to the area. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) - At least one person has been killed after three shells hit an apartment block in the center of the main separatist rebel stronghold of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine.An Associated Press reporter on the scene saw gaping holes in the side of apartment block after it was fired on.Around 50 people took refuge in a nearby underground car park and the area was heavy with the smell of household gas.Although Donetsk is the main stronghold of rebel commanders, the government has refrained to date from attacks on the center of the city.Rebels accuse the government of using heavy artillery against residential neighborhoods. Ukraine's government says it has banned the use of artillery in residential areas and in turn says separatists target civilians to discredit the army.
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