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Rebel-held city of Donetsk holds clean-up day despite continued shelling in eastern Ukraine

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DONETSK, Ukraine — The rebel-held city of Donetsk is holding a city-wide clean-up day after months of shelling in eastern Ukraine, sending prisoners out to help remove the debris.

PHOTO: An abandoned dog and cat seen in front of a damaged house, after shelling in the town of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. Ukraine and the Russian-backed separatists inked a cease-fire agreement Sept. 5, though the deal has been violated repeatedly. On Wednesday, shelling in rebel-held parts of the east killed at least 12 civilians, as a top leader of pro-Russian rebels rejected Ukrainian legislation meant to end the unrest by granting self-rule to large swaths of the east. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
An abandoned dog and cat seen in front of a damaged house, after shelling in the town of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. Ukraine and the Russian-backed separatists inked a cease-fire agreement Sept. 5, though the deal has been violated repeatedly. On Wednesday, shelling in rebel-held parts of the east killed at least 12 civilians, as a top leader of pro-Russian rebels rejected Ukrainian legislation meant to end the unrest by granting self-rule to large swaths of the east. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

The city council said one person was killed by overnight shelling in a neighborhood in the north of the city, where fighting centered around the government-held airport has spilled over into residential areas.

But the streets were quiet Friday as the rebels called for a clean-up. In one school that was shelled in late August, four Ukrainian prisoners guarded by armed rebels were sweeping up debris.

Russia, Ukraine, and leaders of the pro-Russian rebels are set to meet Friday in Minsk, Belarus, for talks to resolve the crisis in east Ukraine.

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