Kiev says one soldier killed in eastern Ukraine

8th March 2015, Comments 0 comments

Ukraine said on Sunday that one soldier has been killed in the country's east by pro-Russia separatists but that the EU-mediated ceasefire was largely being observed.

"One soldier died and three were injured" since Saturday, said security spokesman Andriy Lysenko in a briefing in Kiev.

"However the Minsk accords are largely being fulfilled," he said, "the number of attacks has gone down considerably over the past day."

The soldier was killed overnight when Ukrainian positions in the east were attacked by sniper fire three times, Lysenko said.

A ceasefire between Kiev and the pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk and Lugansk regions came into effect three weeks ago, the latest effort to stop bloodshed in the country where over 6,000 have been killed in 11 months.

As part of the agreement, the two sides also agreed to withdraw heavy artillery from the frontline to create a 50-kilometre (30 mile) buffer zone although each has accused the another of violating the commitment.

© 2015 AFP

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