Ukrainian troops guard a checkpoint near the eastern Ukrainian city of Debaltseve in the Lugansk region August 1, 2014. (AFP Photo/Genya Savilov)
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Shelling rocked the area around a key rebel base in the center of the insurgent bastion of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine Thursday, city authorities said.Shelling also destroyed two houses in a village on the western outskirts of the mining hub but no casualties were reported, the statement said.An airstrike hit near the centre of Donetsk for the first time Wednesday, stoking fears that the city's tree-lined streets could become the next battleground in Ukraine's almost four months of civil war that has killed over 1,300 people.
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