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"Over the last day, we have lost six Ukrainian soldiers, and another 18 were injured as a result of military action," Lysenko said.

As UNIAN reported earlier, there were reports that two Ukrainian soldiers defending Donetsk airport had been killed, and another seven wounded.

The Russian-backed militants on Friday launched another attack on the airport’s new terminal, which Ukrainian forces have been defending for months.

The billion-dollar facility, which was rebuilt and modernized only in 2012, is now almost completely in ruins.