Three killed as clashes grip Ukraine ahead of talks

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KIEV: Ukraine on Sunday reported the deaths of two soldiers while pro-Russian rebels accused Kiev’s forces of killing a civilian in clashes preceding crunch talks aimed at ending the 15-month war. Kiev military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said two government troops died and six were wounded in shelling across swathes of the eastern separatist Donetsk province over the past day. Insurgency commanders said rockets launched from Kiev-held positions around the city of Donetsk had killed a civilian and wounded two others in the rebels’ main stronghold. The foreign ministers of Ukraine, Russia, Germany, and France will meet in Paris on Tuesday to try to salvage the blueprint for ending one of Europe’s bloodiest conflicts of the past generation.

AFP

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