Ukraine says two soldiers killed since Minsk peace plan

 Ukraine said Sunday two of its soldiers have been killed in fighting in the separatist east since a new peace plan was signed by Kiev and pro-Russian rebels a day earlier.

AFP| Last Updated: Sep 21, 2014, 16:35 PM IST

Kiev: Ukraine said Sunday two of its soldiers have been killed in fighting in the separatist east since a new peace plan was signed by Kiev and pro-Russian rebels a day earlier.

National Security and Defence Council spokesman Andriy Lysenko said eight members of the Ukrainian armed forces were also wounded in the past 24 hours, but gave no further details.

A total of 37 civilians and soldiers have been killed since an initial ceasefire was agreed on September 5, but the latest casualties are the first reported since a wider peace plan was signed in Minsk on Saturday.

The number of casualties among the ranks of the insurgents is not known.

Overall, the United Nations says almost 2,900 people have been killed since the conflict erupted in April, not including 298 people who lost their lives when a Malaysian passenger jet was shot down over eastern Ukraine in July.