Friday, February 27, 2015

After Two Days Of Calm The First Combat Deaths Are Being Reported In Ukraine

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko (R) visits the National Defence University in Kiev, February 27, 2015. Credit: REUTERS/Mykhailo Markiv/Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout via Reuters

Deutsche Welle: Ukraine reports first casualties after two days of calm

The Ukrainian army has reported its first casualties after two days in which no fatalities were reported. President Petro Poroshenko has again warned of an ongoing military threat "from the east."

Ukrainian military spokesman Andriy Lysenko told reporters in Kyiv on Friday that despite a ceasefire that finally appeared to have taken hold, three army soldiers had been killed in the past 24 hours.

"Over the past day, three Ukrainian soldiers died and seven were wounded," Col. Lysenko said, before adding that fighting against pro-Russia separatists had halted along most of the frontline. However, he also said that there were still clashes in villages around the heavily damaged airport in Donetsk.

"Rebels attacked using artillery, mortars and tanks and tried to storm our positions," Lysenko said. "All the attacks were beaten back."

WNU Editor: Here is an easy prediction .... expected more deaths in the days to come.

More News On The First Reported Combat Deaths In Two Days In Ukraine

Deaths shake Ukraine truce, Poroshenko wary of Russia threat -- Reuters
Ceasefire holds in eastern Ukraine except for Mariupol region -- Euronews
Shaky Ukraine ceasefire takes hold, but tensions rise over gas supply -- CNN
Ukraine crisis: 'Military threat from east to remain' despite truce -- BBC
Deep mistrust threatens Ukraine's shaky ceasefire -- The Telegraph
UN Security Council to hold emergency meeting on Ukraine -- Deutsche Welle

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