SAWT BEIRUT INTERNATIONAL

| 9 February 2023, Thursday |

Pro-Russian separatists kill soldier, civilian in eastern Ukraine

The Ukrainian military announced on Wednesday, that a Ukrainian soldier and a civilian were killed on Tuesday in the Donbas region in eastern Ukraine in a shooting with pro-Russian separatists.

Three soldiers were wounded in the shooting, one of them died in hospital, while the other two are under treatment, the Ukrainian Armed Forces noted in a statement.

It added that a civilian was also killed in the Novoselovka village as a result of separatists’ fire.

The separatists broke a cease-fire 16 times over the past 24 hours, the statement said.

On Nov. 21, 2013, demonstrations began in Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine, after then-President Viktor Yanukovych failed to sign the EU Association Agreement.

Yanukovych fled the country in February 2014 amid growing protests, while pro-Russia separatists in the cities of Donetsk and Lugansk in the Donbas region in the east of the country had then declared their so-called independence.

More than 13,000 people have been killed in clashes between separatists and the Kyiv administration since 2014.