Four soldiers, civilian killed in eastern Ukraine: Officials

Four Ukrainian soldiers have been killed and 10 others wounded in unrest in the east during the past 24 hours, security officials in Kiev said Saturday.

Kiev: Four Ukrainian soldiers have been killed and 10 others wounded in unrest in the east during the past 24 hours, security officials in Kiev said Saturday.

One civilian, a 60-year-old man, was also killed in the eastern region of Lugansk on Friday, the governor`s office announced.

Ukrainian forces are locked in a struggle with pro-Moscow separatists for territory in eastern Ukraine.

A ceasefire has been in place since early September but this has not stopped almost 1,000 people from dying in fighting since, according to the United Nations.

Ukraine`s new coalition government declared joining NATO a priority on Friday in a move likely to provoke fresh anger from Russia, which denies supporting the rebels.

Ukraine`s military on Friday also accused Russia of shelling its territory for the first time since the ceasefire was signed.

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