Ukraine death toll mounts as hopes for peace fade

At least 20 people have been killed in eastern Ukraine in the 24 hours since long-awaited peace talks between the rebels, Ukraine, and Russia fell apart. Both sides have accused the other of sabotaging the negotiations.

Military spokesman Vladimir Polevoi said Sunday at least 13 soldiers were killed and 20 others injured in fighting with pro-Russian separatists in the past day. Rebel leaders said seven civilians had died and at least 20 injured in separatist-held territory.

According to Polevoi, the fiercest battles were concentrated around the government-held town of Debaltseve, a major railway hub connecting the two main rebel strongholds of Donetsk and Luhansk.
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Source News: DW