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Nine Ukrainian soldiers killed by rebels

At least nine Ukrainian soldiers were killed in attacks by pro-Russian separatists in the east overnight, the defence ministry said on Thursday, the deadliest day for the military in weeks of fighting. 

KIEV: At least nine Ukrainian soldiers were killed in attacks by pro-Russian separatists in the east overnight, the defence ministry said on Thursday, the deadliest day for the military in weeks of fighting.

Eight were killed and another 17 wounded when rebels opened fire on a military checkpoint near the town of Volnovaha in the Donetsk region, ministry spokesman Bogdan Senk told AFP.

Another soldier was killed and two injured in clashes in the neighbouring Lugansk region.

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