Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko. (Vincent Kessler/Reuters)
Ukrainian President Poroshenko said Kyiv might order a new wave of military mobilization and institute martial law in response to more violence in the east. Both sides report heavy shelling, despite the shaky truce.
At least three Ukrainian soldiers were killed and six more wounded in the last 24 hours, military spokesman Oleksandr Motuzyanyk said on Thursday, marking the deadliest clashes with pro-Russian rebels in recent months.
"The rebels launched more than 500 mortar and over 300 artillery shells at our positions," Motuzyanyk told reporters in Kyiv.
"The last time we witnessed a similar intensity of fire using heavy armaments was a year ago," he added.
According to Motuzyanyk, the soldiers were killed across the 30-kilometer (19-mile) buffer zone separating the two sides' forces.
Donetsk-based rebels also reported their positions were shelled on Wednesday night.
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Update: Ukraine Leader Hardens Rhetoric Amid Crimea Spat With Russia (Bloomberg)
WNU Editor: Because of the war much of eastern Ukraine is already under police/intelligence/military lock-down and scrutiny .... calling it martial law would only make it official. Will it happen .... no. The Europeans would start to get squeamish .... along with the IMF and other financial institutions who are propping up the Ukraine government's books.