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Pro-Russian Separatist Stands Guard With Furry Friend

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A pro-Russian separatist, with a kitten on his chest, stands at a checkpoint in the northern outskirts of city of Donetsk, on July 22. BULENT KILIC / AFP - Getty Images

A pro-Russian separatist, with a kitten on his chest, stands at a checkpoint in the northern outskirts of Donetsk, on Tuesday.

Terrified civilians fled as intense clashes on Monday between Ukrainian government troops and pro-Russian rebels left at least four people dead on the outskirts of insurgent-held Donetsk. A military spokesman said yesterday that government troops were battling back control of the districts around the airport and had broken through the rebel cordon to reach their comrades inside.