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Donetsk council says 2 killed by shelling in rebel-held east Ukraine city

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    Local residents walk past a damaged building after shelling, during a fighting between pro-Russian rebels and Ukrainian government forces in Shakhtarsk, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka) (The Associated Press)

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    Alexander Zakharchenko, who has been put forward as the new Prime Minister of the self-declared "Donetsk People’s Republic", attends a press conference in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine,Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. Outgoing prime minister Alexander Borodai announced he was resigning Thursday and that he would act as an adviser to Zakharchenko, once he has been confirmed by the separatist legislature. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits) (The Associated Press)

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    Alexander Zakharchenko, who has been put forward as the new prime minister of the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic, attends a press conference in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine,Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. Outgoing prime minister Alexander Borodai announced he was resigning Thursday and that he would act as an adviser to Zakharchenko, once he has been confirmed by the separatist legislature. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits) (The Associated Press)

Local officials in eastern Ukraine say two people were killed in late-night shelling in the besieged city of Donetsk.

The Donetsk city council said in a statement posted on its website that two people were killed late Thursday. In a separate statement, local authorities said explosions could be heard throughout the city overnight, but they gave no further details about casualties or damage.

Ukrainian troops routed the pro-Russian insurgents from smaller towns in the region earlier this month and have now encircled Donetsk, where fighting has crept closer to the city center. The city council said it was working to keep transport services running and to repair gas networks in apartment buildings.