: Flare-up in Donbas warzone, 3 Ukrainian soldiers killed

09:35 Jul. 1, 2016

Flare-up in Donbas warzone, 3 Ukrainian soldiers killed

Ukrainian soldiers in the conflict zone in Donbas (UNIAN Photo)

15 other servicemen were wounded in military clashes with Russian-backed separatists

Three Ukrainian soldiers have been killed and 15 were injured in the conflict zone in the past 24 hours. The Russian-backed separatist forces fired cannon artillery, mortars and small arms on Ukraine's servicemen near the village of Luhanske in the Donetsk region. The wounded soldiers were transported to a hospital in Kharkiv, according to UNIAN

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Five soldiers with very severe injuries were hospitalized by air ambulance service, according to the report. The soldiers' conditions have been described as stable, the doctors say.

"Yesterday three soldiers with severe injuries were brought, one of them in a state of clinical death. Fortunately, the patient was returned to consciousness – special thanks to our emergency physicians – and the operation was carried out. We could save only one leg, with 3.5 liters of blood being transfused. The patient's condition has stabilized," said Vladyslav Yatsun, the coordinator of the medical reinforcement group.

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Earlier, Ukraine's military spokesman Andriy Lysenko reported that one soldier was killed and eleven were wounded in the ATO zone in Ukraine's east.

Lysenko also noted that the situation in ATO zone has shown a tendency towards escalation.

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