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Fresh fighting claims eleven lives in east Ukraine

Iran Press TV

Fri Jan 16, 2015 1:5PM

The Ukrainian military says at least eleven people, including six soldiers, have been killed in the latest round of fire exchanges between government troops and pro-Russian militia forces in the country's violence-plagued eastern regions.

"Over the past 24 hours, six Ukrainian soldiers were killed. Eighteen more were wounded,' Ukraine's military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said during a news briefing in the capital, Kiev, on Friday.

He added that a civilian was killed, when militiamen struck a checkpoint near the town of Fashchivka, located 65 kilometers (40 miles) northeast of the strife-torn industrial city of Donetsk.

City officials in Donetsk earlier said four civilians were and another wounded amid fighting between Kiev's troops and pro-Russia forces.

The officials noted that the people were killed and wounded in an artillery attack on a warehouse in Petrovskyi district of the city. All of them were reportedly warehouse workers.

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has voiced alarm over the deteriorating situation in Ukraine's restive east, urging the warring sides to exercise restraint.

On January 13, Ertugrul Apakan, the chief monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, called for "a full and immediate ceasefire and de-escalation," encouraging both sides "to cooperate with the OSCE and to enhance the implementation of" the truce deal signed last September in the Belarusian capital, Minsk.

Both the Ukrainian military and pro-Russia forces have frequently violated the ceasefire deal. The two sides often accuse each other of firing stray rockets and carrying out attacks, which claim the lives of civilians.

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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