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Ukraine accuses pro-Russian separatists of violating ceasefire

KYIV (Reuters) - Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine on Sunday violated a ceasefire with government forces, wounding one soldier, the Ukrainian military said.

The rebel forces opened fire with a grenade launcher on troops in the Krasnohorivka area, the military said in a statement. Rebel officials were unavailable for immediate comments.

The Ukrainian military said the attack indicated the pro-Russian forces wanted to disrupt an agreement reached by the two sides and OSCE negotiators for a full ceasefire from July 27.

The simmering conflict between Ukrainian troops and Russian-backed rebels has killed more than 13,000 people since 2014.

Major combat ended with a truce agreed in the Belarus capital Minsk in 2015, but sporadic clashes still regularly kill civilians, Ukrainian soldiers and separatists.

Reporting by Pavel Polityuk; Editing by Angus MacSwan

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