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Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee Marko Mihkelson, who is currently visiting eastern Ukraine until Wednesday, said Ukrainian flags are back on flag poles in areas of the Donetsk region.

Mihkelson told ERR radio on Tuesday that the success of the Ukrainian military in the eastern region of the country is clear, and the towns that have been recaptured are undergoing repair work.

“Building work is going on on houses that were hit by mortars or bombs. Ukrainian flags and symbols are to be seen all over town. Speaking to people they speaks with fear of what they have experienced and wish to forget it as soon as possible. Of course they main interest is that the military activity would cease as soon as possible,” Mihkelson said, after visiting Kramatorsk, a recently recaptured city of 160,000.

He said Ukrainian government forces must make more significant gains in the next two months, and an active war during the fall would bring less success.

Explosions reverberated shook the rebel-held city of Donetsk on Tuesday as artillery fell closer to the center of the city on Tuesday. At least one person was killed and several apartments were severely damaged as the bombs ripped in to a residential area, the UK Daily Telegraph reported today.

For a third straight day, a team of Austrailian forensic specialists were unable to travel to the crash site of Flight MH17 to the east of Donetsk because of fighting there between pro-Russian rebels and Ukrainian forces.