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"In the last day, we lost eight Ukrainian soldiers, and another 16 were injured as a result of military clashes," Lysenko said.

As UNIAN reported earlier, the situation in Donbas has been escalating as the combined Russian-separatist forces attacked Ukrainian army positions and civilian areas in eastern Ukraine 100 times in the last day.

In addition, five Ukrainian soldiers were killed in a blast of an unidentified explosive device near the village of Stanytsia Luhanska near the Ukrainian-Russian border on Tuesday.