Smoke billows from a Ukranian fighter jet crash site near the village of Zhdanivka, some 40 kilometers to the northeast of the rebel stronghold Donetsk August 7, 2014. (AFP Photo/Dimitar Dilkoff)
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Ukrainian army units which had been trapped by separatists on the border with Russia broke out of the blockade Friday and rejoined government forces, but 15 soldiers and border guards were killed in the operation, the Ukrainian military said.Military sources quoted by Ukrainian media said Ukrainian units had been effectively encircled by the rebels on a section of the border with Russia south of the town of Luhansk and east of the main regional city of Donetsk.The latest military deaths from the fighting in the Russian-speaking east of Ukraine push the death toll among government forces alone to more than 400 .
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