Three Ukrainian servicemen killed, 17 wounded in past 24 hours in east: Ukrainian military

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Posted: May 17, 2015 6:35 AM

KIEV (Reuters) - Three Ukrainian serviceman have been killed and 17 wounded in fresh separatist attacks in eastern Ukraine in violation of a ceasefire agreement, a Ukrainian military spokesman said on Sunday.

Two of the deaths were a result of a mortar attack near the town of Svitlodarsk, northeast of separatist-controlled Donetsk, spokesman Andriy Lysenko said in a briefing.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said last Wednesday that 83 Ukrainian servicemen have been killed in rebel attacks since the ceasefire came into force in February.

(Reporting by Natalia Zinets; Writing by Alessandra Prentice; Editing by Hugh Lawson)