Ukrainian servicemen ride atop an APC near Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Monday, March 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)
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Three Ukrainian servicemen were killed and nine wounded as pro-Russian rebels shelled government positions despite a ceasefire deal, the military said Tuesday, announcing Kiev's highest casualty toll in several days.The losses underscore the fragility of a two-week-old cease-fire agreement which Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has called the last chance for peace between Kiev and the separatists he says are being armed by Russia.Since the cease-fire went into effect on Feb. 15, fighting has slowed along much of the front line between Ukraine and rebel-controlled territory in the east, but both sides accuse each other on a daily basis of breaking the truce.Continued violence, including the rebels' takeover of a strategic transport hub in Debaltseve, has slowed implementation of the new Minsk peace deal which outlines the cease-fire, a withdrawal of heavy artillery and monitoring by the OSCE European rights and security watchdog.
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