Three Ukrainian soldiers killed in war-torn east

A Donetsk rebel spokesman on Sunday accused Ukrainian troops of shelling residential buildings and wounding two civilians, the separatists' news agency reported.

Three Ukrainian soldiers killed in war-torn east

World Bulletin / News Desk

Three Ukrainian soldiers were killed and 13 wounded in fresh clashes between government forces and pro-Russian rebels in the former Soviet republic's war-torn east, Kiev said Tuesday.

Government forces suffered losses across various parts of the 500-kilometre (310-mile) frontline splitting the self-proclaimed "people's republics" of Lugansk and Donetsk from the rest of Ukraine, military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said.

He said the worst fighting centred on the rebels' de facto capital Donetsk and the southeastern government-held port city of Mariupol, which links separatist territories with the Russian-annexed Crimea peninsula.

"We observe an escalation in these areas. Some rebel shellings lasted for several hours," Lysenko said.

Nearly 9,500 people have died since the mainly Russian-speaking eastern industrial regions revolted against Ukraine's pro-Western government in April 2014.

Kiev and the West have accused Russia of buttressing the rebels and sending in regular troops across the border, claims Moscow denies.

A truce and political reconciliation agreement signed in February 2015 has helped lower the scale of the fighting but not bring a complete halt to a conflict that has plunged Moscow's relations with the West to a post-Cold War low.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 05 Temmuz 2016, 14:45