Ukrainian military accuses pro-Russian separatists of violating ceasefire

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy speaks to servicemen near the frontline with Russian-backed separatists in Krasnohorivka in Donetsk Region, Ukraine August 7, 2020. (Reuters)

Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine on Sunday violated a ceasefire with government forces, wounding one soldier, the Ukrainian military said.

The rebel forces opened fire with a grenade launcher on troops in the Krasnohorivka area, the military said in a statement. Rebel officials were unavailable for immediate comments.

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The Ukrainian military said the attack indicated the pro-Russian forces wanted to disrupt an agreement reached by the two sides and OSCE negotiators for a full ceasefire from July 27.

The simmering conflict between Ukrainian troops and Russian-backed rebels has killed more than 13,000 people since 2014.

Major combat ended with a truce agreed in the Belarus capital Minsk in 2015, but sporadic clashes still regularly kill civilians, Ukrainian soldiers and separatists.

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Last Update: Sunday, 06 September 2020 KSA 19:37 - GMT 16:37