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Two Ukrainian soldiers killed, 20 wounded in east

Iran Press TV

Sat Jan 10, 2015 2:36PM

Ukraine's military spokesman, Andriy Lysenko, says two soldiers have been killed and twenty others injured in the latest gun battles with pro-Russia forces in the country's eastern regions over the past 24 hours.

"Two were killed near Stanitsa Luhanska…. Another twenty were also wounded," Lysenko said during a news briefing in the capital, Kiev, on Friday.

He added that the two slain military personnel were members of the Ukrainian National Guard, whose battalion was ambushed by pro-Russia forces.

Lysenko said the twenty soldiers sustained wounds in the military operation zone of east Ukraine.

The development comes a day after Ukraine's military said four soldiers had been killed and eight others injured in fresh exchanges of fire with pro-Russians.

On January 7, three Ukrainian soldiers were killed and one was wounded in clashes with pro-Russia forces in Donetsk.

Ukraine and the pro-Russia forces had agreed to stop fighting across the eastern conflict zone from December 9, 2014, under the terms of a ceasefire brokered by Moscow.

However, the truce agreement has been frequently violated, with each side blaming the other for breaching the ceasefire.

Meanwhile, Russia's President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart, Petro Poroshenko, are expected to discuss the crisis in a meeting to be held in Astana, Kazakhstan, on January 15.

Ukraine's mainly Russian-speaking regions of Donetsk and Lugansk in the east have witnessed deadly clashes between pro-Russia forces and the Ukrainian army since Kiev launched military operations to silence the pro-Russia protests in mid-April 2014.

According to the latest figures released by the United Nations, more than 4,700 people have been killed in the fighting.

Kiev and its Western allies accuse Russia of having a hand in the chaotic situation in eastern Ukraine. Moscow categorically denies the allegation.

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