More lives lost in Ukraine as US presses Russia

The latest reports from both sides take the death toll in fighting since Sunday in the eastern war zone to 32 -- a figure that has not been reached since the height of the war in 2014 and 2015.

More lives lost in Ukraine as US presses Russia

World Bulletin / News Desk

Clashes between Ukrainian forces and Moscow-backed rebels left two more dead in a flashpoint town Friday and five others elsewhere in bloodshed that has prompted the US to condemn Russia's "aggressive" stance.

The US criticism of Moscow will be welcomed in Kiev, particularly worried about losing Washington's support as new President Donald Trump seeks to mend ties with Russia's Vladimir Putin.

Ukrainian forces and the rebels have been exchanging mortar and rocket fire near the front line town of Avdiivka just north of the pro-Russian rebels' de facto capital of Donetsk.

The Ukrainian army said the latest fatal victims were a local woman and an emergency worker in Avdiivka. The toll in the blue-collar town where a giant coke plant employs almost the entire population of 25,000 people now stands at 27.

Authorities said that three soldiers had also been killed in other parts of eastern Ukraine in which pro-Russian insurgency has raged since April 2014.

The rebels also said that shelling by the Ukrainian army had reportedly killed two civilians in Donetsk.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 03 Şubat 2017, 17:49