February 27, 2015 / 11:09 AM / 3 years ago

Three Ukrainian servicemen killed in past 24 hours: Kiev military

KIEV (Reuters) - Three Ukrainian servicemen have been killed and seven wounded in fighting with pro-Russian separatists in east Ukraine in the past 24 hours, a military spokesman said on Friday.

Members of the Ukrainian armed forces and armoured personnel carriers are seen preparing to move as they pull back from Debaltseve region, near Artemivsk February 26, 2015. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

The deaths follow two consecutive days in which the military reported none of its troops had been killed, which had raised hopes a ceasefire deal could hold despite initial violations.

Reporting by Natalia Zinets, Writing by Alessandra Prentice, Editing by Timothy Heritage

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