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Insurgents attack border guards in eastern Ukraine

  • Pro-Russian militants of "Battalion East" hold Kalashnikov rifles as they part in military exercises in a forest not far from the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on June 1, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ VIKTOR DRACHEV

MOSCOW: Ukraine's border guard service says a number of servicemen have been injured in an insurgent attack on their camp in eastern Ukraine.

The officials said in a statement Monday that some 100 armed insurgents attacked the border guards' camp in Luhansk, a major eastern Ukrainian city not far from the Russian border, in the early hours. Border guards responded with fire on the attackers whose numbers swelled to 400 a few hours later. The fighting was still ongoing, the border guard service said.

The conflict between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian insurgents in eastern Ukraine escalated markedly in the last week, with rebels' attempting to seize a major airport Monday and the shooting down of a Ukrainian military helicopter.

 
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