Four Ukrainian servicemen killed in new
fighting: military source
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[June 27, 2014]
KIEV (Reuters) - Four Ukrainian
servicemen were killed and five wounded in an overnight attack by
separatist fighters on a military post in the east of the country, a
military analyst said on Friday.
Dmytro Tymchuk, who has good sources among government forces, said
the rebels, backed by eight Russian tanks and firing mortar bombs,
stormed a military base near Kramatorsk in one of several rebel
"In return fire by government forces, one terrorist tank was
destroyed and one tank captured," Tymchuk said on his Facebook page.
"Four service personnel were killed, five wounded," he added.
He had no estimate of casualties on the rebel side. There was no
immediate comment from the separatist fighters.
The attacks took place despite a week-long government ceasefire
which is due to end at 10 p.m. and which Kiev says has been breached
numerous times by the rebels over the past week.
In other fighting, Tymchuk said, rebels again attacked forces taking
part in the government's "anti-terrorist operation" on a hill near
the city of Slaviansk and one Ukrainian soldier was wounded by
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Rebels also attacked a military base in the early hours at
Artemivsk, using tank and other fire. Ukrainian forces repelled this
attack without any casualties, he said.
(Writing by Richard Balmforth, Editing by Timothy Heritage)
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