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Donetsk residents in constant fear of shelling

Saturday, February 07, 2015 - 01:16

Residents in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine say they feel scared and abandoned, as German Chancellor Angela Merkel rules out sending weapons to Kiev. Vanessa Johnston reports.

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As international leaders seek an end to fighting in eastern Ukraine on the sidelines of a Munich security conference... ...residents in Donetsk say they live in constant fear of shelling. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) DONETSK RESIDENT, YULIA, SAYING: "I am afraid I will lose my work and a place to live. But in general I say "God, let me not have anything - no work, no flat, just let me have legs, arms and head." The conflict between Kiev and pro-Russian separatists has so far killed 5,000 people. More shelling in the past 24 hours has reportedly killed at least 11. On Friday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel presented a peace plan -- along with French President Francois Hollande -- to Russia's government... ...who the West accuses of aiding the rebels. In Munich, Merkel says she's not sure the peace talks will work, but is ruling out sending weapons to the Ukrainian government. (SOUNDBITE) (German) GERMAN CHANCELLOR ANGELA MERKEL, SAYING: "I understand the debate but I believe that more weapons will not lead to the progress Ukraine needs. I really doubt that." Moscow has repeatedly denied involvement in the fight over territory in eastern Ukraine -- ...an area the Kremlin now calls "New Russia".

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Donetsk residents in constant fear of shelling

Saturday, February 07, 2015 - 01:16