Four Ukrainian soldiers killed by shell fired by separatists: police

Reuters News
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Posted: Apr 05, 2015 7:19 AM

KIEV (Reuters) - Four Ukrainian soldiers were killed on Sunday in the east of the country when their vehicle was struck by a shell fired by Russian-backed separatists, regional police said.

The military vehicle was hit as it drove across a bridge in Schastye, a government-held town about 170 km (105 miles) north east of the city of Donetsk, they said in a statement.

The deaths underscored the fragility of a ceasefire technically in force since February, when it was brokered by leaders from Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France.

(Reporting by Natalia Zinets; Writing By Richard Balmforth; editing by John Stonestreet)