Ukrainian troops guard a checkpoint near the eastern Ukrainian city of Debaltseve in the Donetsk region on August 3, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ ANATOLII STEPANOV
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Fighting raged Sunday on the western outskirts of Donetsk as the advancing Ukrainian army tried to seize control of the rebel stronghold. In danger of being encircled, the separatists renewed their calls for Russia to send troops to their aid.A spokesman for the Ukrainian military operation, Alexei Dmitrashkovsky, told The Associated Press that government soldiers were fighting Sunday to hold positions they had taken on the edge of Donetsk, but were meeting resistance.Pavel Gubarev, the self-proclaimed governor of the separatist Donetsk region, said the rebels would win quickly if Russia sent troops.Russia denies this and describes the Russian citizens fighting in eastern Ukraine as volunteers.
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