Mines kill two civilians in east Ukraine

Local official in the government-held part of the east reported the death of two women after they hit 'an unknown explosive device'

Mines kill two civilians in east Ukraine

World Bulletin / News Desk

Two Ukrainian civilians were killed and 11 servicemen injured Thursday in mine blasts in separatist eastern Ukraine, which remains littered with explosive devices left behind by its 18-month revolt, officials said.

The warring sides have been suffering casualties mostly in mine incidents but not in open combat since Kiev and pro-Russian insurgents signed their latest in a series of truce agreements on September 1.

A local official in the government-held part of the east reported the death of two women after they hit "an unknown explosive device" in Stanytsya Luganska, a village close to the front line splitting rebel lands from the rest of Ukraine.

In a separate incident, two Ukrainian soldiers were injured in mine blasts in the same region, military spokesman Andriy Lysenko told reporters in Kiev.

Another nine government border guards were wounded as their truck hit a landmine near Krasna Talivka, another village on the edge of Ukraine's Russian border.

The new truce has helped calm clashes that began shortly after Russia annexed Crimea in March 2014.

The United Nations estimates that the war has killed more than 8,000 people and displaced 1.5 million, although it has also warned that the actual figures may be much higher.

Last Mod: 15 Ekim 2015, 16:27
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