Six people, including three civilians, have been killed in clashes between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russians in eastern Ukraine
Pro-Russian sources said on Friday that shelling by the Ukrainians killed three civilians in the eastern region of Donetsk on Thursday.
fighters were also killed and six others injured in the clashes.
The Ukrainian government said a military officer was also killed in the fighting.
“Over the past 24 hours, as a result of fighting, one Ukrainian serviceman was killed,” Kiev’s military spokesman Andriy Lysenko told reporters on Friday.
The death toll is reportedly the highest over the past days. Recently, a summit was held at the invitation of German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin to discuss the latest developments surrounding the Minsk peace deal on the crisis in eastern Ukraine.
During the meeting, the leaders of Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine agreed to come up with a “roadmap” for peace by the end of next month.
The conflict in eastern Ukraine erupted not long after people in the Black Sea Peninsula of Crimea voted in a referendum in March 2014 to rejoin the Russian Federation.
In April 2014, Kiev launched military operations to crush pro-Moscow protests in the eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, which are populated mostly by pro-Russians. The operations, however, led to deadly clashes between the two sides. Nearly 9,500 people have died and over 21,000 others injured, according to the United Nations.
Despite ceasefire efforts, sporadic fighting continues to claim more lives.