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Ukraine announces the death of one of its soldiers in clashes with Russian separatists

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On Saturday, the Ukrainian army announced the death of one of its members in clashes with Pro-Russian separatists In the east of the country, tensions reached a peak with Moscow.

This is the first soldier to be killed since the two warring sides returned to a ceasefire agreement last month, in a conflict that has claimed more than 13,000 lives since 2014.

In a statement, the Ukrainian military announced that a “soldier was fatally wounded”, accusing the separatists of carrying out three attacks in the past 24 hours.

Kiev has been battling a pro-Moscow rebellion in two breakaway regions bordering Russia since 2014, when the Kremlin annexed Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula. Russia is accused of providing financial and military support to the separatists in this conflict, which Moscow denies.

On December 22, the parties to the conflict agreed to restore the ceasefire agreement reached in July 2020 in eastern Ukraine, but the next day, Kiev and the separatists accused each other of new violations.

The already deteriorating relations between Russia and Ukraine have reached their current peak of tension.

For more than a month, the West accused Russia of massing tens of thousands of troops near the Ukrainian border with the aim of a possible invasion of Kiev.

Moscow denies any intention to invade Ukraine and says it is threatened by “provocations” from Kiev and NATO, which it demands not to expand into the former Soviet republics. These demands will be discussed during the Russian-US negotiations scheduled for next January.

In a related context, US President Joe Biden is scheduled to speak with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky during a phone call on Sunday.

In his New Year address to the Ukrainians, Zelensky stressed that ending the war in the East remained his “main goal”.

Salman Sahr

Salman is a journalist at UsamaSpeaks.com and he deals with Latest News, World News, and Business News. Salman is a very professional and authentic news journalist.

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