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After increasing battles in Ukraine both sides report on casualties

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More than ten people have been killed in a recent flare-up in fighting in the Donbas war in Ukraine.

BBC cited Ukrainian army’s headquarters as reporting that seven of its soldiers died in clashes in recent days between the army and pro-Russian rebels in the frontline town of Avdiivka over the past two days as fighting increased despite an attempt to renew a ceasefire last month.

Pro-Kremlin separatists, meanwhile, stated their militant commander known as Grek and two other rebel fighters were killed.

Both warring sides later claimed they inflicted higher casualties on their enemy: Ukraine’s military says 15 rebel soldiers were killed and 24 wounded, and that government troops seized one separatist position, whereas the separatists estimated that more than 25 Ukrainian soldiers were killed and more than 40 wounded.

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