February 10, 2015 / 7:49 AM / in 3 years

Seven Ukrainian servicemen killed in the east: Kiev military

KIEV (Reuters) - Seven Ukrainian soldiers have been killed and 23 wounded in fighting with pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine’s eastern regions in the past 24 hours, the Kiev military said on Tuesday.

A man walks past a burnt vehicle, which according to locals was destroyed by a shelling, in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine February 9, 2015. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko

“Overnight from Feb. 10 to 11 there was an increase in attacks by the enemy on Ukrainian positions,” spokesman Anatoly Stelmakh said in a televised briefing.

Another spokesman said government forces had come under attack from the rebels on 87 separate occasions since Monday with fighting particularly intense around the town of Debaltseve, a major rail and road junction northeast of the city of Donetsk.

Reporting by Pavel Polityuk; Writing by Alessandra Prentice; Editing by Andrew Heavens

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