A worker repairs a church destroyed as a result of shelling between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk on June 26, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ANDREY BORODULIN
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Pro-Russian fighters have withdrawn from a strategic frontline village, Ukraine's military reported on Friday, although some troops doubted whether the surprise retreat and lull in fighting would last.Lying just 10 kilometers (six miles) east of the Sea of Azov industrial port of Mariupol -- the target of repeated rebel attacks -- Shyrokyne has been one of the deadliest hotspots of the 15-month separatist crisis in the ex-Soviet state's industrial east.The Ukrainian crisis has claimed more than 6,500 lives since breaking out in the wake of the February 2014 ouster in Kiev of a Russian-backed administration and its replacement by a strongly pro-European team.
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