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  Battles rage ahead of Ukraine truce   Fierce fighting is continuing in eastern Ukraine, hours before a ceasefire is due to come into force at midnight (22:00 GMT) 25 dead as Ukraine battles persist before cease-fire deadline  Russian-backed separatists mounted a major offensive to capture a strategic railway hub ahead of a weekend cease-fire deadline Shelling follows Minsk peace summit  New shelling has been reported in the rebel-held east Ukrainian cities of Donetsk and Luhansk, shortly after the peace deal reached in Minsk   Rebels claim to encircle Ukraine troops in Debaltseve Map of Debaltseve Ukraine
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B. 2017-02-02 Ukraine conflict: Shelling rages on after nightfall Avdiivka, Donetsk, Donbass
2. 2016-05-30 Five Ukrainian troops killed by rebels near Donetsk Verkhnetoretskoye, Donbass
D. 2015-08-17 Shelling in eastern Ukraine kills nine Mariupol, Donbass
E. 2015-08-11 Dutch team examine possible missile parts at MH17 site Grabovo, Donetsk, Donbass
F. 2015-07-17 MH17 crash: Shared sadness and sunflowers for victims Grabovo, Donetsk, Donbass
6. 2015-06-03 Heavy fighting rages near Donetsk, despite truce Maryinka, Donetsk, Donbass
H. 2015-03-04 33 bodies recovered from eastern Ukraine mine disaster Zasyadko mine, Donetsk, Donbass
8. 2015-02-27 Pro-Russian rebels, government forces withdraw weapons from front line NOVOAMVROSIIVSKE, Donbass
2015-02-18 Ukraine troops pull back from a key town as truce falters Debaltseve, Donbass

  Ukraine troops pull back from a key town as truce falters Map of Debaltseve Ukraine  Ukraine's military said Wednesday that 80% of Ukrainian armed forces have now pulled out of a strategic railroad hub Debaltseve Army and rebels stall heavy arms pullout  Ukraine's government and separatist rebels have failed to begin withdrawing heavy weapons from the front line, despite a Monday deadline   Monitors to try to reach Debaltseve Map of Debaltseve Ukraine
Ukraine conflict: Shelling rages on after nightfall  Shelling has raged on after nightfall in eastern Ukraine, with both government troops and pro-Russian rebels reporting new casualties Five Ukrainian troops killed by rebels near Donetsk  The Ukrainian military says five of its soldiers have died in fighting just north of Donetsk - the second-highest death toll in one day this year Shelling in eastern Ukraine kills nine  Two Ukrainian soldiers and several civilians are amongst the dead in a surge in fighting between government and Russian-supported rebels Dutch team examine possible missile parts at MH17 site  Officials say fragments from MH17 site may be from Russian-made missile   MH17 crash: Shared sadness and sunflowers for victims   A roll call of those who died in the air disaster and a procession to the crash site have marked the first anniversary of the tragedy over eastern Ukraine Heavy fighting rages near Donetsk, despite truce  Fierce fighting is raging between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine, officials on both sides say 33 bodies recovered from eastern Ukraine mine disaster  The explosion at Zasyadko mine was caused by methane gas, according to DAN, the official news agency for the self-proclaimed DPR Pro-Russian rebels, government forces withdraw weapons from front line Map of NOVOAMVROSIIVSKE Ukraine
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  The piecemeal pullback of heavy weapons from the line separating government and rebel forces in Ukraine has boosted the prospects for peace
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  OSCE observers are to try again to reach the besieged Ukrainian town of Debaltseve, where fighting has continued despite a ceasefire
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  Pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine say they have encircled the town - but Ukraine says its troops are still fighting along a supply road
2015 Jan.30       Ukraine battle rages for key town of Debaltseve Map of Debaltseve Ukraine
  Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian rebels have been exchanging heavy artillery fire in and around Debaltseve, a strategic town
2015 Jan.24     Rockets kill 21 in Ukraine city as rebel offensive begins Map of Mariupol Ukraine  Indiscriminate rocket fire slammed into a market, schools and homes Saturday in the eastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol, killing at least 21 people 2015 Jan.23       Pro-Russian rebels reject peace deal Map of Donetsk Ukraine
  The rebels in eastern Ukraine rejected a previously signed peace deal and announced a new offensive against Ukrainian government troops
2015 Jan.22       Army retreats at Donetsk airport Map of Donetsk airport Ukraine
  Ukrainian troops have withdrawn from Donetsk airport's main terminal, scene of bitter fighting in recent weeks
2015 Jan.18       Eastern Ukraine's Donetsk hit by fresh fighting Map of Donetsk airport Ukraine
  There has been heavy fighting in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk as government forces upped operations against Russian-backed militants
2015 Jan.13       Shell hits Ukraine bus 'killing 12' Map of Buhas Donetsk Ukraine
  A shell has hit a bus in eastern Ukraine, killing at least 12 civilians and wounding many more, Ukraine's military says
2015 Jan.6       Bus crash kills 12 Ukrainian servicemen and injures 21 Map of Artemivsk Donetsk Ukraine
  The accident occurred where government forces are fighting separatists. The troops killed in the crash were members of the National Guard
2014 Nov.16     MH17 flight investigators remove crucial debris Map of Hrabove Donetsk Ukraine  Local workers have removed crucial debris and human remains from the crash site of the MH17 jet in rebel-held eastern Ukraine after months of delays 2014 Nov.16   MH17 flight wreckage removal begins in Ukraine  Work has begun to remove wreckage from the MH17 crash site in rebel-held eastern Ukraine after months of delays, Dutch officials say 2014 Oct.4       Fighting for key airport threatens to derail shaky cease-fire Map of Donetsk airport Ukraine
  9 civilians killed on Wednesday, a Red Cross staffer killed Thursday, scores killed and wounded since the fighting was supposed to stop
2014 Oct.2       Rebels push to take Donetsk airport Map of Donetsk airport Ukraine
  Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine are conducting an offensive to capture the government-held airport in Donetsk, officials say
2014 Sep.13   Ukraine forces 'repel rebels in Donetsk airport'  Ukrainian government troops say they have repelled an attack by pro-Russian rebels on Donetsk airport 2014 Sep.7   Blasts roar near Donetsk airport in Ukraine  Strong explosions were raising new fears that a cease-fire signed two days ago is on the verge of collapse 2014 Sep.6     Shelling near Mariupol threatens tense truce   Explosions have been heard near the south-eastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol, a day after the government and rebels agreed a ceasefire 2014 Aug.28     1,000 Russian troops have entered Ukraine Map of Novoazovsk Donetsk Ukraine
  A top Ukrainian army officer said a 'full-scale invasion' of his country was under way, as a U.S. say up to 1,000 Russian troops had crossed the border
 President Obama accuses Russia of being responsible for the violence in eastern Ukraine, as Nato prepares to hold an emergency meeting
2014 Aug.26       Russian soldiers detained in Ukraine Map of Amvrosiivka Donetsk Ukraine
  Ten Russian soldiers were detained in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine, that country's Security Service said Tuesday
2014 Aug.25   Russian tanks, armored vehicles enter southeast Ukraine  A column of Russian tanks and armored vehicles has crossed into Ukraine, away from where most of the intense fighting has been taking place 2014 Aug.17   Ukraine says it's made gains against separatists  Ukrainian forces regained control over the strategic town of Yasynuvata in Donetsk in the southeastern part of the country
 Separatists had shot down a government fighter jet near the rebel-held city of Luhansk. Government forces have taken a rebel-controlled police station in Luhansk
2014 Aug.2   Cadaver dogs assist in Ukraine crash site search  Despite mortar fire echoing in the distance, the international team felt safe enough to carry out its recovery mission 2014 Aug.2   New fighting hampers MH17 crash probe  Fresh fighting in eastern Ukraine has forced an international forensics team to halt operations in part of the vast crash site of Malaysian flight MH17 2014 Aug.1     70 international experts search Ukraine MH17 crash site
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  The grisly search for human remains entered a new phase Friday, as the largest group yet of international experts scoured the crash site
2014 Jul.31   Monitors reach MH17 crash site  As many as 80 bodies could still be lying in the fields of eastern Ukraine where the passenger jet crashed 2014 Jul.24     Ukrainian journalist working for CNN detained by pro-Russian rebels Map of Donbass Palace Hotel Donetsk Ukraine
  Militants from the Donetsk People's Republic seized Anton Skiba on Tuesday evening as he returned to the Donbass Palace Hotel
2014 Jul.22     MH17 remains 'still at crash site' Map of Grabovo Donetsk Ukraine
  The search for victims of the Malaysia crash in Ukraine must go on as only about 200 bodies appear to have been found so far, Dutch officials say
2014 Jul.21     Train with bodies leaves Ukraine station   A Ukrainian train carrying bodies from the Malaysia Airlines plane crash has left the station of the town of Torez 2014 Jul.21       Ukraine forces take control of Donetsk airport Map of Donetsk airport Ukraine
  Ukrainian forces have taken full control of the airport as they continue to fight pro-Russian rebels in the city, military spokesman says
2014 Jul.20   'Drunken separatists' interfering at MH17 crash site  John Kerry says it is clear missile system was transferred from Russia 2014 Jul.19     Ukraine accuses rebels of looting crash site   The grim task began of gathering the remains of some of the 298 victims of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in body bags ready for removal 2014 Jul.18   Ukraine rebels 'halt MH17 observers'  A team of international observers say pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine have limited their access to the wreckage of a Malaysia Airlines plane 2014 Jul.18     Monitors find confusion, hostility at Malaysia Airlines crash site Map of Grabovo Donetsk Ukraine  International monitors said the team was not given full access to the site and was greeted with hostility by armed men guarding the scene 2014 Jul.18   OSCE investigators reach east Ukraine site  International investigators have arrived at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, after rebels in eastern Ukraine allowed them access 2014 Jul.17     Malaysia airliner crashes in east Ukraine near Russia border Map of Grabovo Donetsk Ukraine
  A Malaysian airliner reportedly with 295 people on board has crashed near the Russian border, on a flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur
 Malaysia Airlines lost contact with Flight MH17. All 295 passengers and crew are believed dead as a nairliner crashes in the east Ukraine conflict zone, amid claims of a missile attack An aviation source in Moscow said the plane had been found burning on the ground in east Ukraine Separatist rebels have been fighting government forces in the region
2014 Jul.12       Shells ravage suburb of Donetsk Map of Marinka Donetsk Ukraine
  A suburb of the rebel-held Ukrainian city of Donetsk has come under heavy bombardment, a day after the army suffered some of its heaviest losses
2014 Jul.6       Ukraine forces retake two more rebel-held cities Map of Artyomivsk Ukraine
  The Ukrainian government says its forces have retaken Artyomivsk and Druzhkivka, two more eastern cities from pro-Russian rebels
2014 Jul.5     Donetsk rebels in mass withdrawal Map of Sloviansk Ukraine
  Ukrainian separatist rebels have pulled back to the main city of Donetsk, abandoning several strongholds in the region to government forces
2014 Jun.24   Ukraine army helicopter 'shot down' despite ceasefire  Mi-8 helicopter has been shot down by pro-Russian rebels in the east, with casualties feared, the Ukrainian military says 2014 Jun.13   Kiev forces win back Mariupol  Government troops in eastern Ukraine have won back the port city of Mariupol from pro-Russian separatist rebels after heavy fighting 2014 Jun.3     'Heavy fighting' around Sloviansk Map of Sloviansk Ukraine
  One member of the security services was reported by local media to have been killed and 13 injured when separatists attacked posts
2014 May.29   Ukraine helicopter downed - 14 dead  Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine have shot down a military helicopter near Sloviansk, killing 14 people including a general 2014 May.27     Dozens die as Donetsk airport 'retaken'   Ukraine's interior ministry says the military is now in full control of the airport in the eastern city of Donetsk after a day of bloody clashes 2014 May.26   Ukraine launches air strikes against gunmen at Donetsk airport  The Ukrainian military launched air strikes against armed pro-Russian separatist rebels who seized the Donetsk International Airport 2014 May.22   Deadliest attack on Ukrainian troops  A dawn attack on a checkpoint in eastern Ukraine has left at least 14 soldiers dead, in the worst loss of life for government forces to date 2014 May.13   'Troops killed' in Ukraine ambush  Seven Ukrainian soldiers have been killed in an ambush in the eastern Donetsk region, reports say 2014 May.9       Police station burned in Ukraine's port; at least 7 dead in clashes Map of Mariupol Ukraine
  Fierce fighting between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russia protesters Friday in Mariupol turned police HQ into a smoldering ruin
2014 May.5   Ukraine soldiers killed in renewed Sloviansk fighting  Four Ukrainian soldiers have been killed and an army helicopter shot down by pro-Russian militants near the eastern city of Sloviansk 2014 May.5   Rebels 'retreating' in Sloviansk  Pro-Russian militants just outside Sloviansk have retreated amid attacks by Ukrainian troops, reports say. Earlier reports told of heavy gunfire
 Pro-Russian forces shoot down military helicopter near city of Sloviansk
2014 May.4   Fears grow over Sloviansk offensive  Fears of an impending offensive by Ukrainian forces are growing in the pro-Russian stronghold of Sloviansk, sources inside the city say 2014 May.3   Abducted military observers freed in east Ukraine  A team of international military observers seized by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine was freed Saturday as Kiev resumed military action 2014 May.3   Ukraine broadens offensive against insurgents  Ukrainian forces had seized control of a TV tower in Kramatorsk, near the rebel stronghold of Slovyansk where at least 3 were killed in fighting 2014 May.2   'Many dead' in Ukraine offensive   Many pro-Russia rebels have been killed, injured and arrested in the government offensive in Sloviansk, interim president Turchynov has said
 Rebels shot down two Ukrainian army helicopters, killing a pilot and a serviceman. Russia has called for an emergency meeting of the Security Council.
2014 May.1   Government forces 'move on Sloviansk'   Ukrainian government forces are reported to have launched an operation in the city of Sloviansk, a stronghold for pro-Russian separatists
 One Russian separatist killed, another wounded in the Ukrainian city of Slavyansk, Russian state media reports
2014 Apr.27   Military observer freed in Ukraine  Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine have released one of a team of eight European monitors seized in the flashpoint city of Sloviansk 2014 Apr.26     Ukraine crisis: Observers held captive Map of Sloviansk Ukraine  Concern mounted for the safety of a team of European and Ukrainian military observers seized by pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine 2014 Apr.24   5 die as government forces clash with pro-Russians  Ukrainian forces killed five militants during operations to take down pro-Russians' roadblocks in Slavyansk 2014 Apr.22   Ukraine alert as politician 'killed'  Acting president has ordered the relaunch of military operations against pro-Russian militants in the east after two men were 'tortured to death' 2014 Apr.20       Russian outrage at fatal Sloviansk shooting Map of Sloviansk Ukraine
  Russia has expressed outrage at a fatal shooting in eastern Ukraine which it blamed on Ukrainian nationalists
2014 Apr.16   Military column 'seized' in Kramatorsk  Pro-Russian militants in eastern Ukraine have seized six Ukrainian armoured vehicles, the defence ministry in Kiev says 2014 Apr.16   Militants, army face off in east amid soaring tensions  Pro-Russian militants appeared to tighten their grip on town of Slaviansk as Ukrainian military forces massed nearby in an uneasy standoff
 Civilians block Ukrainian troops entering an eastern flashpoint town
2014 Apr.15     Ukraine begins 'anti-terror' action   Ukraine's acting President Olexander Turchynov has announced the start of an 'anti-terrorist operation' against pro-Russian separatists 2014 Apr.14   Fresh pro-Russian attack in Ukraine  Pro-Russian protesters took over a police building in an eastern Ukrainian city, even as a government deadline passed 2014 Apr.13   Operation to drive out pro-Russians from police building in Slovyansk  1 Ukrainian security officer was killed and 5 others were wounded. It was the first reported gunbattle in east Ukraine
 An urgent meeting of the UN Security Council will be held in New York
2014 Apr.12   Exchange of fire in Kramatorsk, minister says  A gun battle has erupted in the eastern Ukrainian town of Kramatorsk, Arsen Avakov, the acting interior minister, says 2014 Apr.12   Ukraine gunmen seize two buildings in Sloviansk  Police said the men fired shots and used stun grenades to seize the offices in Sloviansk, near the Russian border 2002 Jul.7     Mine fire kills 34
Map of Ukrainsk Ukraine
  Rescuers have found the bodies in an elevator shaft 2,000 feet below ground after fire broke out inside a coal mine

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