Five Ukrainian soldiers killed ahead of peace talks

AFP , Friday 19 Dec 2014

Ukraine's forces on Friday reported the death of five soldiers in the first bloody day of clashes with pro-Russian insurgents in the separatist east in more than week.

Defence spokesman Andriy Lysenko said another seven Ukrainian troops were wounded ahead of long-delayed peace talks the two sides hope to stage with the help of European Union and Russian envoys in the Belarussian capital Minsk by Monday.

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