: RFE/RL: Kyiv says fighting in east intensifies

10:14 May. 29, 2016

RFE/RL: Kyiv says fighting in east intensifies

A house is damaged by shelling, as Ukrainians cope with extensive destruction of war after a mid-February battle that left control of Russian-backed separatists in the village of Nikishine, Ukraine, on March 5, 2015 (Getty Images)

Militants attacked Ukrainian forces 40 times in last day, used Grad systems on MAy 28

he Ukrainian military says that fighting between government troops and Russia-backed separatists has intensified in eastern Ukraine. 

Senior government official Andriy Lysenko said on May 28 that one soldier had been killed in recent fighting.

Read aslo Seven Ukrainian soldiers dead, nine injured in eastern Ukraine

Russia-backed fighters have accused the army of carrying out dozens of attacks in recent days as both sides charge each other with not observing a ceasefire.

The uptick in violence saw a patrol from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Special Monitoring Mission shot at in the Donetsk region on May 27.

The mission's chief monitor, Ertugrul Apakan, condemned the attack, in which nobody was injured.

Amid the increased violence, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has called for greater foreign assistance and has appointed former NATO secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen as his adviser. Full story 


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