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Overnight fighting leads to several casualties in Donbas, Ukraine.

Image Credit: Russian Defence Ministry Press Service via AP Photo

After the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin announced the recognition of separatist areas (Donetsk and Luhansk) as independent from Ukraine, the Russian army entered the region with heavy military equipment. The separatist regions held by rebels supported by Russia, have been clashing with Ukrainian forces since 2014, when Russia annexed Crimea.

We have received information that overnight fighting between Russian-backed rebels and Ukrainian forces led to the death of two Ukrainian soldiers, while 12 others were wounded as a result of heavy shelling.

More details to follow.

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