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Bridges Blown Up to Block Ukraine Rebel City

Image: People walk under a destroyed railroad bridge over a main road leading into the east Ukraine city of Donetsk
People walk under a destroyed railroad bridge over a main road leading into the east Ukraine city of Donetsk, near the village of Novobakhmutivka on July 7, 2014. The bridge has been destroyed, blocking a key access route to the rebel-held city. Dmitry Lovetsky / AP

Three bridges on key roads leading into the Ukrainian city of Donetsk were blown up Monday — an apparent attempt to slow down any possible assault by government forces on the rebel-held stronghold. It was not exactly clear who blew up the highway and train bridges, but their destruction would most benefit pro-Russia rebels.

In the village of Novobakhmutivka, where a rail line crosses over a highway out of Donetsk, an 11-wagon cargo train was perched perilously on the collapsed bridge. Anatoly Krasov, who was driving along the road Monday, said he saw an explosion before the bridge collapsed with a large cargo train on it. He said a group of men dressed in the camouflage uniforms often worn by the rebels then got into their cars and drove back toward Donetsk.

Image: Ukrainian troops stand near destroyed military vehicles just outside Slaviansk
Ukrainian troops stand near destroyed military vehicles just outside the eastern town of Slaviansk on July 7, 2014. Ukraine's richest man pleaded with the government on Monday not to bomb Donetsk, a city of a million people where hundreds of heavily armed pro-Russian rebels have vowed to make a stand after losing control of their bastion in the town of Slaviansk. GLEB GARANICH / Reuters

— The Associated Press