At least nine killed in fresh Ukraine attacks

At least nine people including four Ukrainian

servicemen have been reported killed in the east

of the country, where government forces are

fighting pro-Russian separatists.

Two soldiers and at least one border guard were

killed after their armoured vehicle drove over a

mine on Friday near Dovzhansky, on Ukraine's

border with Russia.

Vladyslav Seleznyov, a military spokesman, said a

soldier was also killed in an incident near the

town of Karlovka in the region of Donetsk, the

main city where rebel fighters are holding out

against the government forces.

He said at least 50 separatist fighters had been

killed in the last few days following air attacks

against rebel positions near the border with


The dead also included five coal miners who were

killed on Friday after the bus they were travelling

in came under mortar fire, Ukrainian television

reported a doctor as saying, in the region of

Chervonopartizansk near the border with Russia.

There was no immediate comment from the


The shelling of the bus forced energy and coal

processing company DTEK, which employed the

miners, to suspend operations at four mines in

the economically depressed industrial province of

Luhansk, Interfax news agency quoted the

company's general director as saying.

The government forces have gained the upper

hand in the three-month-old conflict in the

Russian-speaking eastern regions in which more

than 200 government troops have been killed

as well as hundreds of civilians and rebel fighters.

Meanwhile, Russia closed three major

border crossings with Ukraine.

Russian news agencies on Friday quoted Vasily

Malayev, a spokesman for the security services in

the Rostov region, as saying that three

crossings east of Donetsk were temporarily closed

late Thursday night because of fighting on the

other side.

Ukraine said it regained control of one crossing

which had been controlled by rebels.


Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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