Surrounded by rebels, Ukrainian soldiers battle on

Pro-Russian separatists sit in a trench at a check point near the village of Frunze, eastern Ukraine, on November 4, 2014The boom of incoming artillery fire from the Ukrainian position sends the pro-Russian rebels scrambling for cover. Now he leads some 20 frontline fighters who for the past week have been part of a tightening noose around a small deployment of Ukrainian troops clinging to a strategic checkpoint close to the rebel bastion of Lugansk. Despite a nominal ceasefire in place since early September, deadly clashes have raged on at flashpoints across the war-torn region where rebel fighters are trying to mop up pockets of Ukrainian resistance.

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