Ukraine: Three soldiers killed by pro-Russian rebels

Conflict heats up in eastern Ukraine as Moscow suspected of seeking to escalate 28-month unrest. Ukraine has said that pro-Russian rebels had killed three of its soldiers in the worst violence seen in the separatist east for a year. Oleksandr Motuzyanyk, the military spokesman, said on Thursday the rebel attacks had doubled from the previous day as tensions between Kiev and Moscow soared over Kremlin charges that Ukraine plotted to make armed incursions into Russian-annexed Crimea this month. He said that six more Ukrianian soldiers were also wounded in the clashes across the 30-km-wide buffer zone separating the two sides’ forces. “The rebels launched more than 500 mortar and over 300 artillery shells at our positions,” Motuzyanyk said in Kiev. “The last time we witnessed a similar intensity of fire using heavy armaments was a year ago.” Ukraine and its Western allies say that Moscow is simply trying to escalate a 28-month separatist conflict in the country’s east that has claimed more than 9,500 lives and began just weeks after Russia annexed the Black Sea peninsula in March 2014.

via al jazeera: Ukraine: Three soldiers killed by pro-Russian rebels

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