A local resident carries a box with humanitarian aid at the humanitarian aid center in Avdiivka, eastern Ukraine, Friday, Feb. 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)
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Strong shelling hit both government- and rebel-controlled areas of eastern Ukraine in a continued escalation of fighting Friday.Ukraine said three soldiers and an emergency worker had also died.Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Friday that several civilians were killed in the city of Donetsk, the main stronghold of Russian-backed separatist rebels, but did not give details.The shelling in and around Avdiivka began Sunday, the day Russian President Vladimir Putin and Trump spoke by telephone for the first time since Trump took office.Alexander Hug, deputy head of the OSCE monitoring mission in Ukraine, warned that damage to the water plant in Yanysuvata, which has cut the supply to Avdiivka, could lead to a "potential humanitarian and ecological disaster".
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