Armed pro-Russian separatists dig in around eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, coming under a mortar attack on the city's outskirts. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
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Separatists man a checkpoint outside the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk.
A billboard says "we need peace."
But they are not giving up the fight.
(SOUNDBITE) (Russian) PRO-RUSSIAN REBEL, NO NAME GIVEN, SAYING (INTERRUPTED IN THE END BY MORTAR ATTACK):
"We are defending our motherland. And we don't want some Western people to come here and rule over us. We just won't simply allow this. There are a lot of miners here, a lot of builders, ordinary people..."
After the Ukrainian military pushed the rebels out of their stronghold in Slaviansk last week, they are now trying to hold ground in Donetsk, a city of nearly a million people.
(SOUNDBITE) (Russian) PRO-RUSSIAN REBEL, NOM DE GUERRE "LEOPAKHA", SAYING:
"This is our land. We are not touching them. It is them who are coming. We want a peaceful life, we don't need them coming here and bombing us. That's why we are here."
While the separatists are still given a warm welcome in the city -- that could change.
While Kiev has ruled out using air strikes, the Ukrainian government says it plans to deliver a "nasty surprise" for the rebels.
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