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A further strain on a shaky truce: Fighting escalates in eastern Ukraine

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By Sarah Taylor  with AP, Reuters
A further strain on a shaky truce: Fighting escalates in eastern Ukraine

<p>The Minsk ceasefire is <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2015/03/10/obama-urges-robust-monitoring-of-ukraine-ceasefire/">once more on shaky ground</a>, with the outbreak of fresh fighting in eastern Ukraine. </p> <p>Both the Ukrainian military and pro-Russian rebels have accused each other of intensifying attacks in recent days.</p> <p>Reports suggest at least six Ukrainian servicemen were killed between Monday and Tuesday (April 13-14), representing the heaviest loss in weeks for pro-Kyiv forces.</p> <p>Some 12 were wounded in a surge in fighting, which has been largely <a href="http://time.com/3820764/ukraine-donetsk-russia-fighting-rebels-belarus-putin-shyrokyne/">concentrated around rebel-held Donetsk</a>, according to government spokesperson Andriy Lysenko.</p> <p>Meanwhile, pro-Russian officials say the Ukrainian military has repeatedly fired rounds of artillery at rebel positions, the separatist news agency <span class="caps">DAN</span> reports.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en" align="center"><p>Report from <a href="https://twitter.com/OSCE">@OSCE</a> on renewed intensive fighting around <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Donetsk?src=hash">#Donetsk</a> & <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Shyrokyne?src=hash">#Shyrokyne</a> <a href="http://t.co/ZvQtOVCJI0">http://t.co/ZvQtOVCJI0</a> <a href="http://t.co/IrGRHBSHPM">pic.twitter.com/IrGRHBSHPM</a></p>— Rodrigo Barbosa (@RodaLarga) <a href="https://twitter.com/RodaLarga/status/587873681151565824">April 14, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <h3>‘Grave concern’</h3> <p>Foreign ministers from Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France have <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2015/04/14/ministers-meet-in-berlin-to-try-and-preserve-ukraine-s-fragile-truce/">condemned the renewed conflict</a> and expressed “grave concern” over the ceasefire violations, but vowed to continue discussions.</p> <p>More than 6,000 people have been killed since fighting began in the east last April.</p>