World Bulletin / News Desk
Clashes between Russia-backed separatists and government forces have left one Ukrainian soldier dead, Kyiv said Wednesday, despite a wobbly ceasefire that has halted much of the fighting.
"We lost one soldier over the last day, and five others were injured," Ukrainian military spokesman Andriy Lysenko told journalists.
The soldier was killed when Ukrainian positions came under small arms and grenade fire near the village of Granitne, 50 kilometres south of the separatist capital Donetsk, Lysenko said.
"We registered 21 episodes of ceasefire violations by separatists...a few times our soldiers were forced to open fire in response", Lysenko added.
Meanwhile, separatist authorities accused the Ukrainian army of breaching the truce 10 times.
"The situation remains acute," separatist military spokesman Eduard Basurin said.
Since the latest truce began in September, fighting has dipped to its lowest level since close to the start of the 19-month conflict but a recent uptick in violence has caused concerns it could unravel.
"Russian occupation forces are doing everything to derail the peace plan... And they can renew military actions at any moment", Oleksandr Turchynov, the head Ukraine's Security and Defense Council said.
The United Nations estimates the conflict in easternUkraine has killed some 8,000 people since April 2014 and left almost 18,000 wounded.Güncelleme Tarihi: 11 Kasım 2015, 15:59