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Ukraine army takes control of shattered border post

Ukraine's Dolzhansky border post with Russia, a day after Kiev forces retook the strategic crossing from pro-Moscow rebels, July 2, 2014Crouching behind sandbags next to the bombed out remains of a roadside cafe that once catered for truck drivers and tourists, Ukrainian troops guarded the Dolzhansky border post with Russia on Wednesday. A day before they had battled back control of the strategic crossing from pro-Russian rebels in an advance Western-backed president Petro Poroshenko hailed as the “first victory” since he relaunched an offensive following the failure of a 10-day ceasefire. Signs of fierce fighting were everywhere at the smouldering border post. Further on, two customs huts had been reduced to a mangled wreckage of twisted metal and scorched furniture.

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