By COMPILED BY DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE STAFF WIRE REPORTS
Posted: July 8, 2014 at 3:46 a.m.
A car travels past a destroyed pro-Russian APC near the city of Slovyansk, Donetsk Region, eastern Ukraine Monday, July 7, 2014. Ukraine's president Petro Poroshenko has called the capture of the Pro-Russian separatist stronghold of Slovyansk a "turning point" in the fight for control of the country's east. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
NOVOBAKHMUTIVKA, Ukraine -- Three bridges on key roads leading into the Ukrainian city of Donetsk were blown up Monday -- an apparent attempt to slow down any possible assault by government forces on the rebel-held stronghold.