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Ukraine Rebel Convoys of Tanks, Troops Rumble Toward Donetsk

By    |   Tuesday, 11 Nov 2014 05:56 AM

Fears grew of a return to all-out fighting in war-torn eastern Ukraine as new columns of tanks, trucks and heavy artillery rumbled towards the pro-Moscow rebel stronghold of Donetsk.

An AFP journalist saw 28 trucks, six tanks and 14 howitzer artillery systems and two armoured personnel carriers driving through rebel territory around Donetsk on Monday.

AFP journalists also reported sporadic shelling in Donetsk overnight, some 24 hours after heavy bombardments rocked the rebel bastion in some of the fiercest fighting there since a Sept. 5 truce deal.

The intense weekend shelling around Donetsk and more armored columns heading to the city have fueled concerns the rebels could be gearing up for an offensive after weeks of localised skirmishes.

The human toll of the conflict rose again Monday when three civilians and one Ukrainian soldier died as rebel shelling hit a residential area near a Ukrainian checkpoint in the frontline town of Avdiivka, some 10 kilometres north of Donetsk.

Seven people were injured, according to the Donetsk region administration, which is loyal to Kiev and announced the incident.

The West has repeatedly expressed concern at Ukrainian claims that Russian military reinforcements are being sent in while Moscow denies that it is involved in the fighting in the east.

However, it openly gives the rebels political and humanitarian backing and it is not clear how the insurgents could otherwise have access to so much sophisticated and well-maintained weaponry.

Some 4,000 people have died in the war since April, according to UN figures.


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