Local residents receive humanitarian aid in Slovyansk, eastern Ukraine, Sunday, July 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)
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Ukraine's government said it would quickly seize more territory from rebels after retaking the separatist stronghold of Slaviansk in what President Petro Poroshenko called a turning point in the fight for control of the country's east.Ukrainian forces shelled parts of the rebel-held town of Luhansk near the Russian border, hitting a battery-making factory and other buildings, Russia's Itar-Tass news agency reported Sunday, quoting rebels in the town.There were no immediate figures for casualties caused by the government offensive in Slaviansk, which comes after Poroshenko refused to renew a unilateral cease-fire and ordered the resumption of a government offensive on June 30 .Ukrainian forces said they now had full control of Slaviansk and the nearby town of Kramatorsk. Slaviansk has been the most important stronghold of the militants fighting government forces in mainly Russian-speaking eastern Ukraine.
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