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Ten Ukraine soldiers, police killed in east: Officials

Iran Press TV

Mon Nov 17, 2014 10:16AM GMT

Ten Ukrainian soldiers and police officers have reportedly been killed in the country's volatile east, which has witnessed fierce fighting between government troops and pro-Russia forces in recent months.

Official sources in Kiev said on Monday that violence had claimed the lives of six Ukrainian soldiers and three police officers in eastern Ukraine over the past 24 hours.

According to the sources, the three policemen were targeted in a shelling attack while they were patrolling an area in the restive Lugansk region. Five other police officers also sustained injuries in the incident.

Some six army troops were also killed and nine others wounded in separate incidents in Ukraine's east, the government officials said.

One of the injured officers succumbed to his injuries at the hospital, the Ukrainian military later reported.

The latest casualties come despite a ceasefire agreement signed between the Ukrainian government and pro-Moscow forces in Belarus, Minsk, on September 5. Since then, both sides have repeatedly traded accusations of breaking the truce deal.

Ukraine's mainly Russian-speaking regions in the east have witnessed deadly clashes between pro-Russia activists and the Ukrainian army since Kiev launched military operations to silence the pro-Moscow protests in mid-April.

According to the latest figures by the United Nations, more than 4,000 people have been killed and over 9,300 others injured in the fighting. In addition, hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes.

Kiev and its Western allies accuse neighboring Russia of having a hand in the chaotic situation in eastern Ukraine. However, the Kremlin has repeatedly denied the allegations as baseless.

MKA/NN/HRB



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