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Four separatists killed in renewed clashes in eastern Ukraine

Four Russian-backed separatists were killed in the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukrainian, local media reported on Saturday, despite a ceasefire in force.
The Ukrainian army opened fire on a separatist vehicle near the Petrivske disengagement area in the Donetsk region. The insurgents returned fire.
It was not initially possible to confirm the information.
Both sides often attribute mine incidents to enemy fire.
Three separatist fighters were reportedly killed in clashes in the Donetsk region earlier this week, despite the ceasefire.
Parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions along the Russian border have been controlled by Russian-backed separatists for nearly seven years.
The United Nations estimates the number of deaths since the fighting broke out in April 2014 at more than 13,000. A peace plan brokered six years ago with Franco-German mediation has only been partially implemented.
A new ceasefire between the conflict parties has been in effect since July 2020, but at least 100 people, including civilians, have been killed since the start of the year.