A Ukrainian soldier from the volunteer Donbas Battalion takes a break at the war’s frontline and rides a bicycle in the village of Shyrokyne near Mariupol in Donetsk Oblast on April 15. © Anastasia Vlasova, Kyiv Post

Reuters: Five Ukrainian soldiers killed ahead of Minsk talks: Ukraine military

(Reuters) - Five Ukrainian servicemen have been killed and 12 injured over the past 24 hours despite a ceasefire deal, Ukraine's military said on Wednesday, describing a worsening situation in separatist eastern territories.

The deaths came ahead of a meeting later on Wednesday of envoys from Russia, Ukraine, the OSCE rights watchdog and pro-Russian separatists. They are expected to discuss how to shore up the peace accord they agreed in Minsk, Belarus, in February.

"In the past 24 hours the situation in the conflict zone deteriorated. The intensity of attacks is not falling," military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said, accusing the separatists of using weapons outlawed under the ceasefire deal.

WNU Editor: As predicted (by this blog) .... IEDs, snipers, random shootings, ambushes .... all of these attacks are producing a steady stream of corpses and injured soldiers back to Kiev. With spring in full bloom and summer around the corner ..... the woods and foliage will only give more cover for even more ambushes and surprise attacks.

More News On Recent Casualties In The Ukraine War

Six Ukrainian soldiers die amid upsurge in fighting -- Ukraine Today
5 Ukrainian troops killed in action against separatists as cease-fire deal teeters on brink -- FOX News/AP
Ukrainian Army Suffers Deadliest Day in 3 Weeks in Blow to Truce -- Bloomberg
Ukraine: 5 troops killed as ceasefire wobbles -- CNN
Ukraine loses control of 28 towns, villages since truce as five soldiers killed overnight -- Kyiv Post
More Fighting Reported in Eastern Ukraine -- Radio Free Europe
As Ukraine erects defensive fence on Russian border, critics fear expensive failure -- AP

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