Death toll mounts in intense clashes in east Ukraine

January 29, 2015 3:14 PM

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Death toll mounts in intense clashes in east Ukraine

KIEV (Reuters) - Five Ukrainian soldiers and three civilians have been killed as a result of fighting in Ukraine's separatist eastern regions in the past 24 hours, Kiev authorities said on Thursday, reporting no let-up in violent clashes with pro-Russian rebels.

A separatist advance launched last week appears to have buried the frequently violated truce, leading to a sharp increase in casualties in a conflict that has already killed over 5,000 since it erupted last April.

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