One Government Soldier Killed In Ukraine’s East

Ukraine says one of its soldiers has been killed and two wounded in clashes in the country’s east.

The Defense Ministry said on May 16 that Russia-backed separatists violated a cease-fire 45 times during the previous 24 hours, firing mortars.

Meanwhile, the separatists claimed that Ukrainian government forces violated the cease-fire more than 30 times.

Since April 2014, more than 10,300 people have been killed in fighting between Kyiv’s forces and the separatists who control parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

Cease-fire deals announced as part of the Minsk accords — September 2014 and February 2015 pacts aimed to resolve the conflict — have failed to hold.

A new cease-fire agreement was reached in late 2017 and was meant to begin on December 23, but both sides have accused each other of repeated violations since then.

With reporting by Interfax and TASS