Five Ukrainian forces were wounded and several Soviet-era trucks
used by the rebels were destroyed in the attack on Marynivka, about
95 km (60 miles) east of the regional capital Donetsk, the border
guard service said in an English-language statement. The attack was
eventually repelled by air strikes.
A spokesman later said the border service had "preliminary
information" that 15 separatists had been killed in the fighting.
The insurgency in Ukraine has escalated in the past two weeks,
killing scores and prompting some families to flee their homes.
Ukrainian forces have intensified their campaign against
separatists, who hold key administration buildings in several towns
in eastern Ukraine including Donetsk, since the landslide election
of president-elect Petro Poroshenko on May 25.
Poroshenko was in France on Friday to attend the commemoration of
the Allied D-Day landings in World War Two. Informal talks on
Ukraine's crisis may take place among several world leaders who are
attending, including U.S. President Barack Obama.
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Poroshenko, who will be sworn into office on Saturday, has said he
will soon announce a peace plan for the region, where pro-Russian
rebellions broke out after the ouster of Moscow-leaning President
Viktor Yanukovich and the installment of a new pro-European
(Reporting by Thomas Grove; Writing by Sabina Zawadzki; Editing by
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