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The government said it was starting to restore infrastructure in the city, including water and electricity supply, as of today. The president’s press service said Ukrainian flags were also flying over Artemivsk and Druzhkivka as government troops recaptured those cities on July 6. 

Heletey said people in the east of Ukraine have suffered from Russian propaganda also. 

In a July 6 interview with Russian media following the rebel forces’ defeat, separatist commander Igor Girkin (also known as Igor Strelkov) admitted that many rebel fighters had died defending the city, although “between 80 percent and 90 percent of our men and arms were transported out of the town.” He gave no exact figures concerning the death toll.

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