Ukrainian govt troops take over much of Luhansk
by Nataliya Vasilyeva, Associated Press and Peter Leonard, Associated Press
August 20, 2014 01:20 PM | 1050 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A driver sets straight the flag of the Moscow region on one of the trucks of the aid convoy is parked a field about 28 kilometers (17 miles) from the Ukrainian border, near Kamensk-Shakhtinsky, Rostov-on-Don region, Russia, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. Tensions in the region have been high since Russia announced plans last week to send an aid convoy of more than 200 trucks to help alleviate the unfolding humanitarian crisis in the east. The International Committee of the Red Cross, which is expected to take responsibility for the convoy when it enters Ukraine, was still awaiting security guarantees from all sides. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
A driver sets straight the flag of the Moscow region on one of the trucks of the aid convoy is parked a field about 28 kilometers (17 miles) from the Ukrainian border, near Kamensk-Shakhtinsky, Rostov-on-Don region, Russia, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. Tensions in the region have been high since Russia announced plans last week to send an aid convoy of more than 200 trucks to help alleviate the unfolding humanitarian crisis in the east. The International Committee of the Red Cross, which is expected to take responsibility for the convoy when it enters Ukraine, was still awaiting security guarantees from all sides. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
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A man paints yellow over the blue at one of Moscow's Stalin-era skyscraper with a star on top, which was painted in colors of Ukrainian national flag in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
A man paints yellow over the blue at one of Moscow's Stalin-era skyscraper with a star on top, which was painted in colors of Ukrainian national flag in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
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Trucks painted white and forming part of an aid convoy are parked in a bus garage close to a border control point with Ukraine in the Russian town of Donetsk, Rostov-on-Don region, Russia, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. Tensions in the region have been high since Russia announced plans last week to send an aid convoy of more than 200 trucks to help alleviate the unfolding humanitarian crisis in the east. The International Committee of the Red Cross, which is expected to take responsibility for the convoy when it enters Ukraine, was still awaiting security guarantees from all sides. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Trucks painted white and forming part of an aid convoy are parked in a bus garage close to a border control point with Ukraine in the Russian town of Donetsk, Rostov-on-Don region, Russia, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. Tensions in the region have been high since Russia announced plans last week to send an aid convoy of more than 200 trucks to help alleviate the unfolding humanitarian crisis in the east. The International Committee of the Red Cross, which is expected to take responsibility for the convoy when it enters Ukraine, was still awaiting security guarantees from all sides. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
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KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A Ukrainian official says government troops have taken control of a large part of Luhansk — a besieged rebel stronghold in eastern Ukraine — after days of street battles.

Andriy Lysenko, a spokesman for Ukraine's National Security Council, told reporters Wednesday in Kiev that government forces are now controlling "significant parts" of the eastern city.

Hard-hit Luhansk has been without electricity, running water or phone connections for 18 days due to the fighting. Russia has sent a massive aid convoy to help the residents there but it has not yet received Kiev's approval, because the proposed route lies through rebel-held territory.



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