Pro-Russian rebels hold their positions on the frontline near the village of Krasnodon, eastern Ukraine August 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
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Ukraine accused pro-Russian rebels Monday of hitting a refugee convoy of buses with rocket fire near the eastern city of Luhansk, killing people trapped in the burning vehicles, but the separatists denied responsibility.The force of the blow on the convoy was so strong that people were burned alive in the vehicles -- they weren't able to get themselves out," military spokesman Anatoly Proshin told Ukrainian news channel 112 .ua.A senior rebel leader denied his forces had the military capability to conduct such an attack, and accused the government of regularly attacking the area with Russian-made Grad missiles.Reports of fresh successes by the Kiev military followed a breakthrough for government forces at the weekend when troops raised the national flag in Luhansk, a city held by the pro-Russian separatists since the onset of the conflict in April.A military spokesman in Kiev said government forces had pressed the separatists in overnight fighting, encircling the rebel-held town of Horlivka between Luhansk and Donetsk, and taking control of smaller settlements in eastern Ukraine.
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