Violence Spreads Across Ukraine by Russian Backed Seperatists

One Ukrainian serviceman has been killed and eight wounded in fresh separatist attacks, the military said in Kiev on Thursday, as the OSCE security watchdog warned of a "worrisome" spread of violence in eastern Ukraine.
Fighting has lessened significantly since a ceasefire between Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed rebels was declared in mid-February, but both sides accuse the other of violations and casualties are reported almost daily.
Referring to government-controlled villages to the west and north-east of rebel-held Donetsk city, a Ukrainian military spokesman put out a statement, "The enemy is actively using heavy weapons ... The area of fighting is expanding,"
The rebellion by Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine's industrialized east has created the biggest crisis in relations between Russia and the West since the end of the Cold War.



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