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At the same time,
Dutch forensic experts and monitors from the Organization for Security and
Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) visited the bodies of Malaysia Airlines flight 17
at the Torez train station some 40 miles east, where they are being held inside
refrigerated wagons and waiting to be transported to a secure location where
they can be identified.

The streets of Donetsk
were mostly empty all day, and rebels set up new block posts in the city to
control traffic. Residents were seen fleeing from the area around the train
station, suitcases in tow. All around, explosions from artillery reverberated,
and a dense cloud of black smoke rose from a car factory in the distance.

The courtyard of a residential
complex was a warzone marked with craters likely from Grad rockets mere meters from a
children’s swingset.

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