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Powerful explosion rocks rebel-held Ukrainian city as fighters ignore cease-fire


DONETSK, Ukraine — A powerful explosion has shaken the largest rebel-controlled city in eastern Ukraine as daily battles continue in the region despite a nominal cease-fire being in place.

Shockwaves from the explosion Monday damaged buildings and were felt over a radius of several kilometers.

It wasn't immediately clear what caused the blast, which occurred at or near a rubber processing factory, or whether there are any casualties. The plant is in a rebel-controlled area.

Ukraine and pro-Russian separatist rebels agreed to a truce early last month and although fighting diminished, exchanges of artillery fire take place daily.

The U.N. estimates more than 300 people have been killed since the cease-fire was announced. At least 3,660 people have been killed over six months of fighting, according to UN estimates.

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