10 killed as Ukrainian government steps up offensive against rebels (4)

Xinhua 2014.08.21 18:40
KIEV, Aug. 21 (Xinhua) - At least 10 people have been killed in eastern Ukraine over the past 24 hours as government troops stepped up their offensive against independence-seeking insurgents, authorities said Thursday. According to Andrei Lysenko, spokesman for the National Security and Defense Council, five Ukrainian servicemen were killed overnight in confrontation with rebels. Following the fierce battles, government forces took control over a
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