Pro-Russian rebels take their positions on a street, during what the rebels said was an anti-terrorist drill in Donetsk, March 18, 2015.

Reuters: Ukraine reports fresh casualties in east, OSCE sees violence spreading

One Ukrainian serviceman has been killed and eight wounded in fresh separatist attacks, the military said in Kiev on Thursday, as the OSCE security watchdog warned of a "worrisome" spread of violence in eastern Ukraine.

Fighting has lessened significantly since a ceasefire between Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed rebels was declared in mid-February, but both sides accuse the other of violations and casualties are reported almost daily.

"Fighting has not died down along a broad stretch of the frontline from Krasnogorivka to Svitlodarsk," Ukrainian military spokesman Oleksander Motuzyanyk said, referring to government-controlled villages to the west and north-east of rebel-held Donetsk city.

"The enemy is actively using heavy weapons ... The area of fighting is expanding," he said.

Ukraine News Updates -- May 21, 2015

Ukraine Fears Summer Offensive Despite Diplomatic Initiatives -- VOA
Ukraine rips up key cooperation deals with Russia -- AFP
Ukraine suspends military cooperation with Russia -- AP
Ukraine's president: 'This is not a fight with Russian-backed separatists, this is a real war with Russia' -- AFP
Learning from Uncle Sam: to Russia's annoyance, U.S. hones Ukrainian fighting skills -- Reuters
Russia upset over US training Ukraine soldiers -- BBC
Fighters captured in Ukraine admit to serving in Russia's army: OSCE -- AFP
Ukraine charges 2 suspected Russian soldiers with 'terrorist activity' -- CNN
Video raises concerns over Ukraine's treatment of Russian prisoners -- The Guardian
Ukraine Piles Pressure on Creditors Payment-Delay Powers -- Bloomberg
Ukraine Votes for Moratorium on Foreign Debt Payments -- WSJ
Ukraine wants roadmap to EU accession at Riga summit - minister -- Reuters
Germany’s Merkel Dashes Ukraine’s EU Membership Hopes -- WSJ
'Humanitarian suicide': Kiev backtracks on human rights pledge in Eastern Ukraine -- RT
On Mariupol’s Front Lines With Ukraine’s Mother Courage -- Anna Nemtsova, Daily Beast

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