Smoke rises on the outskirts of Donetsk over sunflower field
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Footage shows battle for Donetsk

The BBC's Jonathan Beale says artillery fire from the Ukraine military seems to be intensifying in Donetsk.

Fighting has been continuing in the Donetsk region of Ukraine, one of the last strongholds of pro-Russian separatists.

The Ukraine military has been on the offensive, saying troops have entered several towns in the area.

The heavy fighting has again prevented an international team from accessing the MH17 crash site,

Jonathan Beale is on the outskirts of Donetsk, from where he says gunfire from government forces seems to be getting "increasingly intense".

  • 29 Jul
  • From the section Europe