Ukrainian forces reclaim critical border crossing

Dozens of spent bullet cartridges strewn across pavement scarred by the tracks of armored vehicles. A café and auto body shop blown to bits, their bricks and mortar reduced to rubble. The letters that make up the name of this country – Ukraine – hanging by a thread from atop the Dovzhanskiy border crossing here on the frontier with Russia in far eastern Luhansk Oblast

This was the scene on July 2, a day after Ukrainian government forces reclaimed the critical checkpoint at the country’s border with Russia following a fierce firefight with pro-Russian rebels on July 1.

President Petro Poroshenko called the operation to recover the Dovzhanskiy border crossing the “first victory” after the restart of Ukraine’s campaign to quash the separatist uprising in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts.

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(An auto body shop at the Dovzhanskiy border crossing on July 2 after Ukrainian forces clashed with pro-Russian rebels and reclaimed the crossing on July 1. Photo: Christopher J Miller)