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Fresh clashes in east Ukraine kill 3 soldiers

Iran Press TV

Mon Jan 19, 2015 2:22PM

Ukraine says at least three of its soldiers have been killed and tens of others wounded in the latest round of fire exchanges between government troops and pro-Russia forces in the country's volatile eastern regions.

"Over the past 24 hours, we have lost three military servicemen. Sixty-six were also wounded," Ukraine's military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said during a news briefing in the capital, Kiev, on Monday.

The development comes a day after five people, including civilians and soldiers, lost their lives in eastern Ukraine.

The United Nations Security Council will hold a meeting to discuss ways to end the spiraling deadly clashes in Ukraine's east. The 15-member council will meet on Wednesday at the request of Lithuania in an attempt to find a solution to the deadly crisis, which has flared up in recent days.

Earlier this week, fierce fighting erupted around the airport of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, forcing monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to leave the region.

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 pro-Russia protests there in mid-April 2014.

According to the latest figures released by the United Nations, more than 4,800 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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