Two soldiers killed in eastern Ukraine despite ceasefire

14th September 2015, Comments 0 comments

Ukraine on Monday said two soldiers were killed in fresh clashes with pro-Russian rebels, troubling a new truce that has mostly held for the last two weeks.

"Over the last day, we lost two soldiers in fighting as well as two wounded and one who is listed as missing," Kiev military spokesman Andriy Lysenko told journalists.

Lysenko accused rebels of sporadically firing mortar rounds in the conflict-ridden Lugansk and Donetsk regions and said government forces had returned fire.

The new ceasefire in Ukraine's war-torn east came into force on September 1, stilling much of the fighting that had rumbled on in hotspots despite an earlier truce deal in February.

The move is the latest attempt to stop a conflict that has killed some 8,000 people since April 2014 and left almost 18,000 wounded, according to UN figures.

Pro-Moscow militants in Donetsk -- whom the West and Kiev say Russia has armed and supported -- reported Monday that two civilians in the frontline town of Gorlivka were wounded by a landmine on Sunday.

The leaders of Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany, who thrashed out the earlier truce deal after marathon talks in the Belarussian capital Minsk, are set to meet again in Paris in early October.

© 2015 AFP

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