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22/06/2017

Ukraine: Avdiivka, the front line of Europe's 'forgotten war'

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Evacuation planned in frontline town of Avdiivka after renewed attacks from pro-Russian rebels

Kiev, Jan.31.─ If evacuation takes place, officials say up to 8,000 people could be removed each day from the government-held town, which has no water or electricity.

Shelling and the deaths of several more people were reported by both sides on Tuesday. Each blames the other for the upsurge in violence.

It erupted from the pro-Russian side despite an attempt to renew a ceasefire last month. Ukrainian forces say the outbreak began when rebels launched an attack on Avdiivka, which borders land controlled by the separatists.

Seven soldiers and a number of rebels have been killed in recent days, and there have been civilian casualties on both sides but precise numbers are unclear.

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