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The battle for Debaltseve

Published 1319 GMT (2119 HKT) February 18, 2015
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Ukrainian children sit in a bus before fleeing Debaltseve, in the Donetsk region, on February 3, 2015. Ukraine's military said Wednesday that 80% of Ukrainian armed forces have now pulled out of a strategic railroad hub that's been the focus of bitter fighting with pro-Russian separatists. MANU BRABO/AFP/Getty Images
A Ukrainian woman cries in an administration building before taking a bus to flee her town in Debaltseve. Continued conflict there has undermined a truce that apparently went into effect Sunday, raising concerns it is all but dead. MANU BRABO/AFP/Getty Images
An elderly Ukrainian man is helped by a Ukrainian Army soldier and a citizen during a evacuation of civilians in Debaltseve. MANU BRABO/AFP/Getty Images
An elderly Ukrainian man stands inside a bus before being evacuated from the region. MANU BRABO/AFP/Getty Images
Ukrainian children look through a window of a bus near Artemivsk, eastern Ukraine, on February 5, as people are evacuated. AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka
Pro-Russian rebels stationed in the eastern Ukrainian city of Gorlivka, Donetsk region, launch missiles from a Grad launch vehicle toward a position of the Ukrainian forces in Debaltseve on February 13. Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko said the ceasefire that was due to go into effect is in "big danger." ANDREY BORODULIN/AFP/Getty Images
Ukrainian servicemen play football on a road in Svitlodarsk approaching Debaltseve on February 15. The ceasefire went into effect after midnight, followed by brief accusations of violence. VOLODYMYR SHUVAYEV/AFP/Getty Images
A Ukrainian soldier rests on his vehicle near the road between the towns of Debaltseve and Artemivsk on February 16. AP Photo/Petr David Josek
A Ukrainian armored vehicle passes on a road stretching away from the town of Artemivsk towards Debaltseve on February 17. AP Photo/Petr David Josek
A pro-Russian rebel carries ammunition to be loaded onto a truck near Debaltseve on February 17. VASILY MAXIMOV/AFP/Getty Images
Pro-Russian rebels load the ammunition onto a truck. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, which is tasked with monitoring the ceasefire and a supposed withdrawal of heavy weapons, has not been able to gain access to Debaltseve because of the continued conflict. VASILY MAXIMOV/AFP/Getty Images
Pro-Russian rebels warm themselves by a fire during a break between fighting. VASILY MAXIMOV/AFP/Getty Images
Pro-Russian rebels leave for a combat mission near Debaltseve. VASILY MAXIMOV/AFP/Getty Images
Ukrainian servicemen ride on top of an armored personnel carrier on the way from Artemivsk to Debaltseve. ANATOLII STEPANOV/AFP/Getty Images
A gas pipe burns after being struck by shelling in Myronivskyi. Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images