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World Ukraine says 2 soldiers killed in east amid Russia tensions

00:30  08 may  2021
00:30  08 may  2021 Source:   msn.com

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KYIV, Ukraine — The Ukrainian military said Friday two soldiers were killed and another was wounded under fire from Russia -backed separatist rebels in the country’s east , where hostilities have increased sharply in recent months. Ukrainian forces and Russia -backed separatists have been fighting in eastern Ukraine since 2014. More than 14,000 people have died in the conflict and efforts to negotiate a political settlement have stalled. Russia , which claims it has no military presence in eastern Ukraine , fueled new tensions this year by massing troops and conducting large-scale military

Two Ukrainian soldiers have been killed during fresh clashes with pro- Russia forces in the restive eastern part of the country amid rising tensions between Kiev and Moscow over the latter’s military build-up on the border. According to Ukrainian armed forces, a soldier was killed on Saturday when The recent clashes come as Ukraine has accused Russia of massing thousands of military personnel on its northern and eastern borders as well as on the Crimean Peninsula. On Monday, Yulia Mendel, Press Secretary of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, said Russia has 41,000 troops

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The Ukrainian military said Friday two soldiers were killed and another was wounded under fire from Russia-backed separatist rebels in the country's east, where hostilities have increased sharply in recent months.

Left to right, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, Belgium's Foreign Minister Sophie Wilmes, Luxembourg's Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn and Foreign Minister of Netherlands Stephanus Blok lay flowers at the Memorial Wall of Fallen Defenders of Ukraine in Russian-Ukrainian War in Kyiv, Ukraine, Friday, May 7, 2021. (Ukrainian Foreign Minister Press Office via AP) © Provided by Associated Press Left to right, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, Belgium's Foreign Minister Sophie Wilmes, Luxembourg's Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn and Foreign Minister of Netherlands Stephanus Blok lay flowers at the Memorial Wall of Fallen Defenders of Ukraine in Russian-Ukrainian War in Kyiv, Ukraine, Friday, May 7, 2021. (Ukrainian Foreign Minister Press Office via AP) Left to right, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, Foreign Minister of Netherlands Stephanus Blok, Belgium's Foreign Minister Sophie Wilmes and Luxembourg's Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn walk close to Ukrainian Foreign Ministry in Kyiv, Ukraine, Friday, May 7, 2021. (Ukrainian Foreign Minister Press Office via AP) © Provided by Associated Press Left to right, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, Foreign Minister of Netherlands Stephanus Blok, Belgium's Foreign Minister Sophie Wilmes and Luxembourg's Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn walk close to Ukrainian Foreign Ministry in Kyiv, Ukraine, Friday, May 7, 2021. (Ukrainian Foreign Minister Press Office via AP)

According to Ukraine's military, 36 soldiers have been killed in the east this year. Ukrainian forces and Russia-backed separatists have been fighting in eastern Ukraine since 2014. More than 14,000 people have died in the conflict and efforts to negotiate a political settlement have stalled.

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KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The Ukrainian military said that a soldier was killed and another seriously wounded in artillery fire from Russia -backed separatist rebels Sunday, as hostilities rise sharply in the country’s east . As of the reported attack, Ukraine says 27 soldiers have been Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s visit to Turkey came amid renewed tensions in eastern Ukraine , where Ukrainian forces and Russia -backed separatists have been fighting since 2014. Russia has reinforced its troops along the border and warned Ukraine against trying to retake separatist-controlled territory.

Russian -backed separatists on Saturday accused Ukrainian forces of killing a child in a drone attack, as Kiev reported the death of one of its soldiers in a land mine explosion. Kiev has been battling pro- Russian separatists in the eastern Donetsk and Lugansk regions since 2014, following Ukraine last week accused Russia of massing thousands of military personnel on its northern and eastern borders as well as on the Crimean Peninsula. Moscow has repeatedly denied sending troops and arms to back up the separatists and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on

A Ukrainian soldier sits in a trench at a fighting position on the line of separation from pro-Russian rebels near Toretsk, eastern Ukraine, Thursday, May 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana) © Provided by Associated Press A Ukrainian soldier sits in a trench at a fighting position on the line of separation from pro-Russian rebels near Toretsk, eastern Ukraine, Thursday, May 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Russia, which claims it has no military presence in eastern Ukraine, fueled new tensions this year by massing troops and conducting large-scale military exercises near its border with Ukraine. The Russian troop buildup raised alarms in the West.

Ukrainian soldiers drive towards a fighting position on the line of separation from pro-Russian rebels near Toretsk, eastern Ukraine, Thursday, May 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana): Ukraine Conflict © Provided by Associated Press Ukraine Conflict

On Thursday, foreign ministers from Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg visited the conflict zone in eastern Ukraine in a show of support and on Friday met with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba and President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv.

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Blinken said on May 3 in London that he would use the visit to show “our unwavering support for the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine ”, the Associated Press news agency reported. Other US officials have said he would press for institutional reform and anti-corruption Washington has been Kyiv’s most powerful backer since Russia ’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 and the outbreak of the Donbas conflict between Ukrainian soldiers and Russian -backed separatist forces, which has killed 14,000 people in seven years. The relationship was tested in 2019 when then-US

Ukraine ’s military says 35 of its soldiers have been killed by rebel attacks this year, a significant rise from the latter part of 2020. Russia , which claims it has no soldiers in eastern Ukraine , fueled the tensions this year by massing troops and conducting large-scale military exercises near the border. Last month, Biden suggested to Russian President Vladimir Putin to meet for talks in a third country in an effort to defuse tensions . The Kremlin has been considering the proposal. Asked by the Russian state news agency Tass on Thursday whether there was a list of possible places for the meeting

A Ukrainian soldier points at a passing helicopter as he stands in a trench on the line of separation from pro-Russian rebels near Donetsk, Ukraine, Monday, May 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana) © Provided by Associated Press A Ukrainian soldier points at a passing helicopter as he stands in a trench on the line of separation from pro-Russian rebels near Donetsk, Ukraine, Monday, May 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

“Dialogue is a way forward because nobody has any interest to see ... the situation escalating in Donbas. And the Benelux and the EU are convinced that dialogue are the way to a solution and conflict resolution,” Sophie Wilmes, Belgium's deputy prime minister, told a news conference after the meeting with Kuleba.

Left to right, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, Foreign Minister of Netherlands Stephanus Blok, Belgium's Foreign Minister Sophie Wilmes and Luxembourg's Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn walk close to Ukrainian Foreign Ministry in Kyiv, Ukraine, Friday, May 7, 2021. (Ukrainian Foreign Minister Press Office via AP) © Provided by Associated Press Left to right, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, Foreign Minister of Netherlands Stephanus Blok, Belgium's Foreign Minister Sophie Wilmes and Luxembourg's Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn walk close to Ukrainian Foreign Ministry in Kyiv, Ukraine, Friday, May 7, 2021. (Ukrainian Foreign Minister Press Office via AP)

Zelenskyy, according to a statement released by his office, thanked the foreign ministers for starting their visit to Ukraine with a trip to the east.

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“ Ukraine is facing two challenges: Aggression from outside, coming from Russia , and in effect aggression from within, coming from corruption, oligarchs and others who are putting their interests ahead of those of the Ukrainian people,” Blinken told a news conference after his meeting with Zelensky. Ukraine ’s military says 34 of its soldiers have been killed by rebel attacks this year, a significant upswing from the quiet months of the latter part of 2020. Russia , which claims its soldiers are not on the ground in eastern Ukraine , fueled the tensions further this year by massing troops

A Ukrainian soldier looks through his binoculars at dusk in a fighting position on the line of separation from pro-Russian rebels near Toretsk, eastern Ukraine, Thursday, May 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana) © Provided by Associated Press A Ukrainian soldier looks through his binoculars at dusk in a fighting position on the line of separation from pro-Russian rebels near Toretsk, eastern Ukraine, Thursday, May 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

“I think it’s important not to know what is happening there in words, but to see everything with your own eyes. I know that you were in the town of Shchastya in the Luhansk region. You saw for yourself our attitude towards Donbas. We are investing in infrastructure," Zelenskyy was quoted as saying.

Stars shine through the trees over a fighting position on the line of separation from pro-Russian rebels near Toretsk, eastern Ukraine, Thursday, May 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana) © Provided by Associated Press Stars shine through the trees over a fighting position on the line of separation from pro-Russian rebels near Toretsk, eastern Ukraine, Thursday, May 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

The foreign ministers’ meeting with Zelenskyy comes a day after U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with the Ukraine president in Kyiv and reaffirmed Washington’s support for Ukraine in the wake of the heightened tensions with Russia.

A Ukrainian poses for a photo at a fighting position on the line of separation from pro-Russian rebels near Toretsk, eastern Ukraine, Thursday, May 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana) © Provided by Associated Press A Ukrainian poses for a photo at a fighting position on the line of separation from pro-Russian rebels near Toretsk, eastern Ukraine, Thursday, May 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Both Zelenskyy and Blinken noted that while Russia has pulled back some of its forces from the border with Ukraine, a significant number of troops and equipment is still there, posing a threat.

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Left to right, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, Belgium's Foreign Minister Sophie Wilmes, Luxembourg's Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn and Foreign Minister of Netherlands Stephanus Blok lay flowers at the Memorial Wall of Fallen Defenders of Ukraine in Russian-Ukrainian War in Kyiv, Ukraine, Friday, May 7, 2021. (Ukrainian Foreign Minister Press Office via AP) © Provided by Associated Press Left to right, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, Belgium's Foreign Minister Sophie Wilmes, Luxembourg's Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn and Foreign Minister of Netherlands Stephanus Blok lay flowers at the Memorial Wall of Fallen Defenders of Ukraine in Russian-Ukrainian War in Kyiv, Ukraine, Friday, May 7, 2021. (Ukrainian Foreign Minister Press Office via AP)

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