Pro-Russia separatists kill 16 Ukrainian soldiers ahead of election

May 23, 2014 1:28 AM

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BLAHODATNE, Ukraine -- In the deadliest raid yet on Ukrainian troops, pro-Russia insurgents attacked a military checkpoint Thursday, killing 16 soldiers, and the interim prime minister accused Moscow of trying to disrupt the upcoming election for a new president to lead the divided country out of its crisis.

A rebel commander said one of his fighters also died in the raid in eastern Ukraine, which left a gruesome scene of charred military vehicles and scorched bodies near the town of Volnovakha, 30 kilometres (20 miles) south of the city of Donetsk.

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