Shooting erupts in center of Ukraine's Donetsk

Ukrainian servicemen search for explosives with a sniffer dog around a checkpoint near the eastern Ukrainian town of Debaltseve August 16, 2014. (REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko)

DONETSK: Intense shooting erupted Tuesday in the center of the Ukrainian city of Donetsk, the stronghold of pro-Moscow separatist rebels, a Reuters reporter at the scene said.

The Reuters reporter said 5-6 rebel gunmen were hiding behind the cars in a parking lot of a shopping mall, running and firing at another group of people.

Earlier in the day, artillery fire was heard on the outskirts of Donetsk and residents said it was the first time there had been shelling in the area.





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