Two fighters, two civilians killed in Ukraine clashes

30th April 2015, Comments 0 comments

A Ukrainian soldier, a pro-Russian rebel and two civilians have been killed in fighting in the country's east over the past 24 hours, despite a shaky ceasefire, officials said Thursday.

A government soldier was killed and four others wounded, military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said, without giving details.

The rebels said one of their fighters had been killed in clashes with the army that also killed two civilians, one in rebel-controlled Donetsk and the other in the flashpoint town of Shyrokyne.

Shyrokyne is located near the southeastern port of Mariupol, the largest city still under government control in the conflict zone.

Another civilian was injured in a grenade explosion in the Luhansk region, the pro-Kiev governor of the area, which is also partly controlled by separatists, said.

Fighting between pro-Russian rebels and the Ukrainian army has killed over 6,100 people in the past year. A wobbly truce has been in place since mid-February, but fighters from both sides have been killed in ongoing clashes in a handful of areas.

© 2015 AFP

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