Ukraine fighting kills 9 as child evacuations planned

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Ukraine fighting kills 9 as child evacuations planned

The governor of the separatist Lugansk region also reported two civilians killed.

By (AFP)

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Published: Mon 26 Jan 2015, 4:25 PM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 8:59 PM

Kiev — Fighting in Ukraine’s war-torn east has killed at least nine people, including seven soldiers, over the last 24 hours while authorities prepared to evacuate children in areas at risk, officials said on Monday.

“As a result of shelling, Ukraine has lost seven soldiers while 24 were injured,” army spokesman Vladyslav Seleznyov said, adding that rebels had fired 115 times.

The governor of the separatist Lugansk region also reported two civilians killed.

Rebels allegedly supported by Russia have pulled out of peace talks and announced a new offensive in eastern Ukraine, raising international concern and prompting calls for Moscow to rein in the insurgents.

A barrage of rocket fire hit the port city of Mariupol on Saturday, killing 30 and injuring nearly 100 people. Observers said the rockets had been fired from the direction of rebel-held territory.

Ukraine’s military said most of the rebel fire overnight occurred to the northeast in the Lugansk region. Pro-Kiev authorities in both Lugansk and Donetsk said they planned to evacuate children from several areas in the war zone.

 



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