6 killed, 15 wounded in east Ukraine city - KSWO, Lawton, OK- Wichita Falls, TX: News, Weather, Sports. ABC, 24/7, Telemundo -

6 killed, 15 wounded in east Ukraine city

By LAURA MILLS

Associated Press KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Shelling killed six people and wounded 15 others in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk, the city council said Monday - the worst reported violence since a cease-fire between Russian-backed rebels and Ukrainian troops took effect on Sept. 5.

Fighting around the eastern city's government-held airport has left its northern neighborhoods in the crossfire. Two northern neighborhoods were shelled heavily Sunday, leading to the casualties and damaging both homes and offices, the city council said.

Loud blasts could be heard from the direction of the airport all day Monday, and gunfire intermittently rang out downtown in the afternoon.

The Ukrainian government blamed the militants for the civilian casualties.

"Neither today, nor yesterday, nor in the previous days did Ukrainian forces shell any residential areas," said Lysenko.

Both the rebel and government sides have said they are rearming in case the fighting starts anew.

Ukraine and the West have repeatedly contended that Russia is fueling the separatist uprising with manpower, weapons and expertise, something that Moscow denies.

In an interview Monday, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told The Associated Press that "around 1,000" Russian soldiers remain in Ukraine.

"While the Russians may have withdrawn some of their troops in Ukraine, there is a still Russian military presence within Ukraine," Rasmussen said in Brussels, adding that several thousand Russian soldiers were also along the border with Ukraine.

Still, the cease-fire deal has brought some benefits. Another 73 Ukrainian soldiers were freed Sunday in exchange for 73 rebels, both sides reported Monday - the largest prisoner exchange so far.

And in neighborhoods away from the Donetsk airport, many more people and cars were out in the streets than have been for weeks.

The fighting in eastern Ukraine began in mid-April, a month after Russia annexed the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea. It has claimed at least 3,000 civilian lives, according to the U.N.

___

Peter Leonard in Donetsk, Ukraine, John Dahlburg in Brussels contributed reporting.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Scientists build DNA from scratch to alter life's blueprint

    Scientists build DNA from scratch to alter life's blueprint

    Wednesday, July 26 2017 1:17 AM EDT2017-07-26 05:17:20 GMT
    Thursday, July 27 2017 10:02 AM EDT2017-07-27 14:02:04 GMT

    Scientists are building yeast DNA from scratch, a stepping stone toward making new organisms.

    Scientists are building yeast DNA from scratch, a stepping stone toward making new organisms.

  • GOP eyes narrow bill to advance goal on "Obamacare" repeal

    GOP eyes narrow bill to advance goal on "Obamacare" repeal

    Thursday, July 27 2017 4:49 AM EDT2017-07-27 08:49:08 GMT
    Thursday, July 27 2017 10:01 AM EDT2017-07-27 14:01:34 GMT

    Senate Republicans are abandoning hope of truly replacing 'Obamacare' and might settle for a much more modest 'skinny repeal.'

    Senate Republicans are abandoning hope of truly replacing 'Obamacare' and might settle for a much more modest 'skinny repeal.'

  • Trump's transgender troops ban divides veterans in Congress

    Trump's transgender troops ban divides veterans in Congress

    Thursday, July 27 2017 4:18 AM EDT2017-07-27 08:18:41 GMT
    Thursday, July 27 2017 10:01 AM EDT2017-07-27 14:01:23 GMT

    President Donald Trump's decision to ban transgender service in the armed forces drove a wedge through military veterans in Congress.

    President Donald Trump's decision to ban transgender service in the armed forces drove a wedge through military veterans in Congress.

Powered by Frankly