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7 Ukrainian soldiers killed in fresh East fights

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The Ukrainian army says fighting between Kiev troops and pro-Russia forces in the restive east regions of the country has left at least seven soldiers dead in the past 24 hours.

“Over the last 24 hours, we have lost seven servicemen, 11 were injured,” the Ukrainian military spokesman, Andriy Lysenko, said on Thursday.

The incident came following a relative calm during the weekend, when Ukraine held snap parliamentary elections. The Ukrainian government has accused pro-Russians of attacking Ukraine’s positions over the past three days.

The latest fatalities raise Kiev’s military losses to 160 since the September 5 inking of a ceasefire deal with the pro-Russia activists.

Meanwhile, the governor of the Lugansk region said assaults by pro-Russians on a village west of Lugansk claimed the life of one civilian.

According to the United Nations, more than 3,700 people have been killed during six months of battle in east Ukraine.

Ukraine’s mainly Russian-speaking regions became the scene of deadly clashes between pro-Russia protesters and the Ukrainian army after the government in Kiev launched military operations in mid-April in a bid to crush protests.

Violence intensified in May after the two flashpoint regions of Donetsk and Lugansk held local referendums in which their residents voted overwhelmingly in favor of independence from Ukraine and joining the Russian Federation.


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