Ukraine forces move in on rebel stronghold

City of Donetsk nearly encircled; bloody fighting claims 43 civilians, 9 soldiers

Posted: August 21, 2014 at 4:49 a.m.

A driver stands near trucks as the first part of a Russian aid convoy is parked Wednesday inside a border control point with Ukraine.

After days of street battles and weeks of shelling, Ukrainian troops made a significant push Wednesday into rebel-held territory, claiming control over a large part of the separatist stronghold of Luhansk and nearly encircling Donetsk, the largest rebel-held city.

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