Fresh clashes have erupted between Ukrainian junta forces and pro-Russian militias, with Moscow taking aim at Kiev for undermining the ceasefire that is in place in Ukraine’s eastern regions.
The town of Avdiivka in the Donetsk region was the scene of the fighting on Tuesday.
The fighting left seven Ukrainian soldiers dead and left another 20 wounded. It was also reported that e that 200 coal miners have been left trapped underground.
The unrest was the result of heavy artillery shelling and gunfire in the same area that had killed five government troops a day earlier. It brought the overall death toll for the past two days to 12 in the bloodiest outburst of violence since a ceasefire brokered last month, PressTV reported.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Russia was worried about these latest escalations by the junta forces.
“We regret that as a result of this attack … people were killed on both sides,” said Peskov. “Such aggressive actions supported by the armed forces of Ukraine undermine the aims and the task of realizing the Minsk accords.”