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    At Least 76 Bodies Found in Debaltseve in East Ukraine – DPR Official

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    Almost 80 bodies have been found in the town of Debaltseve, a key transport hub between the two breakaway regions of Donetsk and Luhansk in Ukraine's southeast.

    DONETSK (Sputnik) — The bodies of at least 76 people have been found in the region of the town of Debaltseve in eastern Ukraine, a spokeswoman for the Emergencies Ministry of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) said Friday.

    "As of 8:00 a.m. Moscow time (05:00 GMT) on February 27, the bodies of 76 people were discovered," Yuliana Bedilo told RIA Novosti, without specifying to the identities of the dead.

    Debaltseve, a key transport hub between the two breakaway regions of Donetsk and Luhansk in Ukraine's southeast, was a hotly contested area for days before armed forces encircled and trapped Ukrainian troops there last week.

    Last Wednesday, President Poroshenko announced the successful withdrawal of over 2,000 Kiev-led troops from Debaltseve. The following day, militias claimed control of the town.

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    After Minsk: Will Peace Come to Ukraine? (1049)

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