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Two Ukrainian soldiers killed in east

Iran Press TV

Sat Aug 1, 2015 3:30PM

Fighting between Ukrainian soldiers and pro-Russia forces has left two soldiers dead in the war-ravaged eastern part of Ukraine.

Ukrainian army spokesman Andriy Lysenko said Saturday that the deaths occurred over the past 24 hours, adding that 14 more Ukrainian soldiers were also wounded.

Most of the causalities were reported near Donetsk, he said, describing the situation as tense in the area.

Meanwhile, reports said five civilians were injured in city of Horlivka, which is controlled by pro-Russians.

On Friday, Donetsk news agency quoted the mayoral office of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) as saying that shelling by Ukrainian forces in Horlivka has claimed the lives of 164 people, including 16 children, over the past six months. About 500 others, including 42 children, were also injured during the time period.

The violence comes as Ukraine's warring sides reached a ceasefire deal, dubbed Minsk II, at a summit in the Belarusian capital city of Minsk in February. The agreement introduced measures such as a ceasefire, the pullout of heavy weapons and constitutional reform in Ukraine by the end of the year.

The shaky deal has, however, failed to end the deadly violence in the mainly Russian-speaking regions of eastern Ukraine, with both conflicting sides trading accusations of breaking the ceasefire.

Lugansk and Donetsk in eastern Ukraine have witnessed deadly clashes between the pro-Russians and the Ukrainian army since Kiev launched military operations in April 2014 against pro-Russians in the region.

According to the United Nations, nearly 7,000 people have been killed in the conflict in eastern Ukraine so far.

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