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Ukraine: 3 soldiers killed, 7 wounded in uptick in fighting

The Ukrainian Government Says Three Of Its Servicemen Have Been Killed And Seven Others Wounded In The Past 24 Hours In Clashes With Russia-backed Separatists In Eastern Ukraine.

PTI | Updated on: 16 Feb 2016, 11:29:21 PM

Moscow:

The Ukrainian government says three of its servicemen have been killed and seven others wounded in the past 24 hours in clashes with Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine.

The Interfax news agency said presidential administration spokesman Oleksandr Motuzyanyk reported the sharp uptick in fighting at a briefing in Kiev today.

He accused the rebels of violating the cease-fire 79 times, often firing heavy weapons that were supposed to have been withdrawn under the cease-fire agreement reached in Minsk a year ago.

Representatives of Ukraine, Russia and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, members of the so-called Contact Group working to implement the agreement, will meet tomorrow in Belarus.

More than 9,000 people have been killed since the conflict began in April 2014.

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First Published : 16 Feb 2016, 11:26:00 PM

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