Soldiers die in eastern Ukraine conflict
In the fight with Russian backed rebels, seven Ukrainian soldiers lost their lives in the eastern area of the country, said the Ukraine military.
A series of rocket attacks were also made last Saturday in which at least 30 people died and several others were injured in the Black Sea city of Mariupol. The fight continued to today and was mostly in the town of Debaltseve, said Ukrainian spokesman for military, Vladyslav Seleznyov.
Rebel leader Alexander Zakharchenko said that the separatist forces are trying to surround the town held by the government currently and that troops had tried to take over the city of Mariupol initially and were backtracked later. The deaths were blamed over Ukrainian forces by the rebels.
OSCE observers also said that the analysis of a crater in the city showed that the rockets were fired from the direction where the rebel held territory is there and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said that the intercepted radio and telephone conversations proved that the separatists backed the attacks.
Since the rebels started capturing the cities of Donetsk and Luhansk in Ukraine, there have been over 5,000 lives lost and several others injured while tens of thousands remain trapped in the area, unable to find ways to escape.
Although a ceasefire agreement was signed between the rebels and Ukraine, it has not brought any changes to the constant shelling and frequent attacks in the region. Russia has been continually declining that it supports separatists and instead blames Ukraine for the increase of intensity in the battle.