Ukrainian officials say at least two people were killed after unusually heavy shelling hit the eastern Ukrainian city. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
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Unusually intense shelling hit the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk early on Saturday (August 23).
The attack may be part of a drive by government forces to achieve a breakthrough in time for Ukrainian Independence Day, which falls on Sunday (August 24).
Reuters reporters in the city of Donetsk said that most of the shelling was taking place in the outskirts, but explosions were also audible in the center of the city.
A printing plant in the southern part of the city was hit around 6:00 a.m. (0300 GMT) and three hours later flames and black smoke could still be seen.
A residential area in Donetsk's Leninsky district was also hit by shelling. Shell craters and several heavily damaged single-story buildings could be seen around the city.
In another residential area, about 5 kilometers north of the city center, a shop and several houses had been hit. Residents said two men, civilians, were killed.
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