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Civilians weary of war in eastern Ukraine city

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The destruction of war is starting to show in one eastern Ukraine city. (Source: CBS) The destruction of war is starting to show in one eastern Ukraine city. (Source: CBS)

SLOVYANSK, UKRAINE (CBS) - Government forces traded fire on Monday with pro-Russian separatists who control an eastern Ukraine city after the country's new president announced daily negotiations were underway toward ending the conflict.

Loud booms and shelling were heard in downtown Slovyansk, where at least five buildings bore damage from shelling a day earlier.

The city has been at the center of a nearly two-month standoff between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian rebels, who have seized administrative buildings, police stations and border posts across the region.

"This will never end," said local resident Svetlana Viktorovna on Monday. "They will end the shooting only when they wipe us from the face of the planet."

"Yesterday the center of the city was hit the hardest," said Andriy, a local plainclothes policeman who wouldn't give his last name.

"There were a lot of injured people, and a lot of buildings were hit that haven't been hit before," he added.

Monday's clashes come a day after new Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko announced that negotiations had started in Kiev between Ukraine, Russia, and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

Poroshenko said the meeting focused on strengthening the Ukraine-Russia border, and said Ukraine "must cease fire by the end of this week."

While he promised the negotiators would meet daily until the crisis was resolved, he did not say whether results had been achieved on Sunday.

Russia has repeatedly called for Ukraine to end its operation in the east, while Ukraine has blamed Russia of fomenting tensions in the region and backing the rebels materially.

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