Three Ukrainian soldiers killed in rebel east

KIEV: Three Ukrainian soldiers were killed and seven injured during a new flare-up in clashes between government forces and pro-Russian eastern separatist rebels, the Kiev military said Tuesday.

Ukrainian military spokesman Oleksandr Motuzyanyk said fighting along the 500-kilometre (300)-mile) front had “escalated”, accusing the insurgents of violating a shaky truce agreement on 79 occasions since Monday afternoon.

He said much of the fighting centered around Zaitseve, a town in the disputed no man’s land between government forces and the insurgents that sits 55 kilometers (30 miles) north of the rebels’ de facto capital Donetsk.