Ukraine: Heavy street battles reported in Luhansk
19 August 2014 Last updated at 23:24 BST
The government in Ukraine says heavy street battles with pro-Russian separatist forces have been taking place in the centre of Luhansk, a rebel stronghold in the east of the country.
Government forces have been slowly closing in on Donetsk, where on Tuesday local residents were said to be fleeing the city centre following the shelling of rebel headquarters.
David Stern reports.