Members of the armed forces of the separatist self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic inspect a damaged trolleybus in Donetsk, January 22, 2015. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko
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Thirteen civilians died when shells hit a trolleybus Thursday in Ukraine's rebel bastion Donetsk as clashes forced Kiev to abandon its dogged defense of the city's airport in one of the deadliest days of the nine-month war.The shelling of the bus and reports of at least 34 Ukrainian soldiers killed over the past day came only hours after peace talks in Berlin called for a cease-fire. With intensifying clashes rocking Donetsk airport in recent days, Ukraine's military said early Thursday that its troops had abandoned the main part of the site. The trolleybus shelling was among the bloodiest incidents involving civilians in recent months in a conflict that has killed more than 5,000 people since April.Russia's government-controled television immediately blamed the attack on Kiev's forces, while Ukraine said the rebels were responsible.
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