Ukraine: 10 civilians die in rebel shelling of checkpoint

Heavy fighting continues at the Donetsk airport. The traffic control tower was destroyed (SOURCE: Yury Barmin/‏@yurybarmin)

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) – Ukrainian officials say 10 civilians have been killed and a further 13 wounded in rebel shelling of a military checkpoint in eastern Ukraine.

The Donetsk regional administration answering to the central government in Kiev said in a statement that the rebels shelled the checkpoint near the town of Volnovakha in the Donetsk region while a passenger bus was passing through it.

Fighting between the Ukrainian government troops and pro-Russian rebels has killed more than 4,700 people since April. Hostilities have intensified in recent days, jeopardizing hopes for a peace deal.

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