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Foes cast blame for deadly bombings in Ukraine city

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A strike in the city's center killed one in war-torn Donetsk in eastern Ukraine. (Source: CNN) A strike in the city's center killed one in war-torn Donetsk in eastern Ukraine. (Source: CNN)

DONETSK, UKRAINE (CNN) - Ukrainian forces are attempting to take back control of the restive city of Donetsk from separatists.

The day after the violent night before, and the scale of what may be ahead dawned on Donetsk. The damage could be seen from what a bomb did when it didn't detonate, and when it did.  

It is thought they were from a jet we heard. While nobody was killed near garages, the hope the heaviest weapons wouldn't be used in this fight died.

Closer to the city center, one man was killed waiting for a tram. Someone posting a parody of the Ukrainian anthem.

Ukraine isn't dead yet, it says, but it already smells and we can see its end. Just around the corner, another man died from shelling.

Shells land and while both sides blame the other for the loss of civilian lives, it's almost impossible in places like this - markets and residential areas - that the fight for Donetsk will happen without the loss of innocent Ukrainian lives.

Who fired these shells - separatists or Ukrainians - was the question nobody could answer as they queued to get out late pensions.

“That's the interesting question,” one woman says. “They don't advertise who does it, it's hard to tell.”

In the city center too the remains of a night gun battle we heard.

Unclear who was fighting so hard to control a local government finance building.

A rare appearance from a separatist leader tried to bolster morale, but did not explicitly appeal for Russian military help.

He was asked how he could win the war without Russian help?

“We think we are holding out OK,” said Oleg Tsarov, a separatist leader. “For over a hundred days the entire war machine of a state has been crashing down on our young republic of Novorossiya. If they lose part of the territory, they are defeated. And this is a huge victory. And we think we have this victory as Ukrainian society doesn't want to fight.”

But outside in the blue another Ukrainian jet flew overhead. The sky starting to fall in on this uprising as the moment for Russia to bail out the rebellion it started seems about to pass.

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