In Ukraine 6 soldiers killed in separate rebel attacks

Reports say 4 soldiers died on Sunday when their vehicle was hit by a shell fired by the Russian-backed rebels.

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6 soldiers have been killed in Ukraine following attacks by rebel groups, Al Jazeera reports.

Reports say 4 soldiers died on Sunday when their vehicle was hit by a shell fired by the Russian-backed rebels as it drove across a bridge in the government-held town of Schastye.

Also, in a separate incident less than an hour later, a landmine exploded under a military vehicle at Shyrokyne killing 2 soldiers and injuring a third.

These new casualties in addition to the death of 3 servicemen  in a landmine explosion on Saturday,  further strains the tenuous ceasefire struck two months ago in the Belarusian capital Minsk.

The Ukranian conflict erupted a year ago when rebels opposed to a new pro-Western leadership in Kiev and the ousting of a Moscow-backed president occupied state buildings in two big cities of Ukraine's Russian-speaking east, Donetsk and Luhansk.

It has since claimed the lives of over 6,000 civilians and service men.

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