: Three militants arrested in occupied Donbas

11:44 Jun. 24, 2016

Three militants arrested in occupied Donbas

Russian-backed separatists in Donetsk (GettyImages Photo)

Arrests take place amid fighting which has claimed more lives of Ukraine's servicemen

Three militants have been arrested by Ukraine's law enforcers in the occupied territories of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. According to Kyiv, they patrolled the streets of the separatists' stronghold Donetsk as well as two other cities.

Read also: Minister explains why Donbas conflict will not be solved even after Ukraine restores border control

The accused were given weapons by the so-called local authorities, which they used during their "service". If found guilty, they could be sentenced to up to 8 years in prison for their illegal activities.

The detention took place amid the ongoing battles in the occupied region. Despite the ceasefire agreement, the Russian-backed separatist forces continue to shell the positions of the Ukrainian soldiers.

According to Kyiv, they opened fire 50 times in the past 24 hours. High-calibre machine guns, grenade launchers and 82-mm mortars were used in the shooting. Five Ukrainian soldiers were wounded as a result of the military clashes.

Read also: Poroshenko wants to test National Guard troops in eastern Ukraine's conflict zone (photos)

As Kyiv reports, the militants are active along the whole contact line in the occupied areas.

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