STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

‘19 Civilians and Troops Killed in Ukraine in 24 Hours’

Published: 05th February 2015 05:59 PM  |   Last Updated: 05th February 2015 05:59 PM   |  A+A-

By PTI

KIEV: Fourteen civilians and five government soldiers have been killed in fighting in east Ukraine over the past 24 hours, government and rebel officials said today.

Pro-Russian separatists said shelling killed eight residents and wounded 33 more around their stronghold Donetsk.

Across the lines, a local Ukrainian official said six civilians died in five frontline towns in government-held territory and a further 12 were injured.

Ukraine's military said that five of its soldiers were killed and 29 wounded as its forces came under artillery bombardment 93 times over the past day.

The latest casualties come as fighting has surged around east Ukraine in recent weeks, claiming the lives of hundreds of civilians.

The fiercest clashes are currently focused around the strategic town of Debaltseve, where rebel fighters are trying to encircle Ukrainian forces.

Monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe have called for a three-day ceasefire around the beleaguered town to allow the evacuation of civilians caught in the crossfire.

Overall 5,358 people have been killed in fighting in east Ukraine since April, according the United Nations.

Stay up to date on all the latest World news with The New Indian Express App. Download now

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp