May 17 - Explosive blasts rock residents of Slaviansk on an otherwise peaceful morning. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
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Explosions break the quiet on the streets of Slaviansk.
Residents say Ukrainian forces are trying to drive out separatists, dug in near the city.
People carry out their usual Saturday tasks against a backdrop if uncertainty.
(SOUNDBITE) (Russian) SLAVIANSK RESIDENT, OLGA, SAYING:
"It's scary, especially for those with young children, they are of course afraid. We would like it to end as soon as possible. But we don't know how it will turn out, because you know how this government is. They don't understand us, we don't understand them. That's why people are shooting."
For more than a month, armed men have occupied government buildings in Slaviansk.
Separatists gave Ukrainian forces until last Thursday to leave the area. But the troops remain.
The eastern rebellion by pro-Russian separatists has shaken and scared Ukraine -- pushing Western powers into a Cold War-style confrontation with Russian President Vladimir Putin, whom Kiev accuses of trying to destabilize Ukraine.