Civilians sleeping in the basement of a psychiatric hospital
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Sloviansk residents sleep in basements as fighting increases

Civilians in the Ukrainian town of Sloviansk have taken to sleeping in the basements of buildings as fighting increases between separatists - who want the region to be allied more closely to Russia - and Ukrainian troops struggling to prevent the break up of the country.

It is thought that dozens of people have died as the fighting encroaches into residential areas.

BBC Russian's Olga Ivshina reports.

  • 03 Jun 2014
  • From the section Europe
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