Ukrainian troops edge closer to rebel city

Ukrainian soldiers, who fled the conflict territory, spend their time at a tent camp as the sun sets over the scene near the Russia-Ukraine border just outside the village of Gukovo, Rostov-on-Don region, Southern Russia, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. A Russian border security official said Monday that more than 400 Ukrainian soldiers have crossed into Russia. The Russian official said the soldiers deserted the Kiev government and the Russian side opened a safe corridor. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko) DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian troops have taken control of a key checkpoint on the western edge of Donetsk, the biggest city in the rebellious east, and are making gradual advances to quash pro-Russian separatist forces.

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