In eastern Ukraine, a soldier was killed and two others wounded on Tuesday by gunfire from pro-Russian separatists. In the past 24 hours, separatists have violated the truce three times, the Ukrainian army accused on Wednesday in a statement.
The injured were evacuated and hospitalized, one of them is in serious condition, according to the same source. On Sunday and Monday, two other Ukrainian soldiers were killed on the front line.
A conflict that has lasted since 2014
Ukraine has been in conflict since 2014 with separatists in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions, a war that erupted shortly after Russia’s annexation of the Crimean peninsula and has claimed more than 13,000 lives. After a widely respected truce in the second half of 2020, tensions have risen a notch this year with in particular the deployment of maneuvers involving nearly 100,000 Russian soldiers at the Ukrainian borders.
Russia explained that it had recalled the military to their barracks, but Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky recently claimed that most of the troops remained on the outskirts of Ukraine. According to Kiev, at least 48 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed since the start of the year compared to 50 for the whole of the previous year. For their part, the separatists say they have lost more than 30 fighters since January. Moscow has always claimed not to arm the separatists, despite numerous reports of sending men and arms to support them.