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43 killed as Ukrainian troops take 'significant' part of Luhansk
43 killed as Ukrainian troops take 'significant' part of Luhansk

Ukrainian government troops have taken control of "significant parts" of one of two remaining separatist-held cities in eastern Ukraine and seized a strategic railway hub needed to resupply the second, a national security spokesman announced in Kiev on Wednesday. The advances reported by Col. Andriy Lysenko of the Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council came at a heavy toll for both sides as nine Ukrainian soldiers died in the fighting and Russian media quoted insurgent leaders as saying 34 civilians were killed. Fighting has intensified since the July 17 downing of a Malaysian passenger jet over territory held by pro-Russia separatists. Western intelligence and the...

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