February 11, 2015 / 7:54 AM / 3 years ago

Rebel attacks kill 19 Ukrainian soldiers near rail junction in east: Kiev military

KIEV (Reuters) - Nineteen Ukrainian soldiers have been killed and 78 wounded in rebel attacks near the key railway town of Debaltseve, which government troops are defending, a military spokesman said on Wednesday.

Pro-Russian separatists stand next to tanks on the outskirts of Horlivka, eastern Ukraine February 10, 2015. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

“In shelling, rocket attacks and military clashes, Ukraine lost 19 soldiers including 17 members of the armed forces and two interior ministry soldiers,” the spokesman, Vladyslav Seleznyov, told a briefing.

Reporting by Richard Balmforth; editing by John Stonestreet

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