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Ukrainian soldiers killed by separatists due to soaring tensions with Russia

The deaths of soldiers continued for more than a week after Russia and Ukraine agreed to restore the ceasefire.

The conflict in eastern Ukraine has killed more than 13,000 people so far. (Reuters Archive)

Ukrainian soldiers were killed in a battle with pro-Moscow separatists as the United States again warned Russia of an attack on the country.

“One of the Eurocorps soldiers was fatally injured,” the Ukrainian army said in a statement, adding that the separatists launched three attacks within 24 hours.

Separatists reportedly used grenade launchers and small weapons. The army did not provide further details on how the soldiers were killed.

In a New Year’s Eve speech, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky stated that ending the war in the east was his “main goal.”

Kiev has fought the pro-Moscow uprising in two secession areas bordering Russia since the 2014 Kremlin annexed Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula.

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Ukrainian soldiers killed in clash with pro-Russian separatists

Chronic tension

Tensions with Moscow have skyrocketed in recent months, with Russia Put together an army Near the Ukrainian border.

The West accused the Kremlin of planning an invasion.

Biden held its second time this week phone In just three weeks with Putin, he threatened Moscow with major economic sanctions if it launched an attack.

Russian leaders said anti-Moscow sanctions would be a “huge mistake.”

read more: Russia sees security proposal, “positive” US response to Ukraine’s tensions

Collapse ceasefire

On December 22, international observers said Russia and Ukraine had agreed to restore the ceasefire, but as early as the next day, Kiev and separatists accused each other of new violations.

The death of a soldier on Saturday was the first since the ceasefire was agreed.

All previous ceasefires, including the previous ceasefire agreed in July 2020, have collapsed.

The conflict in eastern Ukraine has killed more than 13,000 people so far.

read more: Russia returns thousands of troops to base after training near Ukraine

Source: AFP

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