The Ukrainian military combat vehicle patrols in Kiev.
Intense battles in eastern Ukraine, occupied by pro-Russian insurgents, claimed the lives of four soldiers and wounded seven other members of the army on Thursday. This was reported by the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense.
According to the statement, these were the biggest losses in the lives of recent months and took place on Thursday morning for five hours of rain. The ministry said the fighting broke out when the rebel government forces started firing with coin grenades and tried to break the front line in the east of the Luhan area.
However, the rebels in the Luhan area have accused government forces of attacking them first.
In the separatist conflict in the east of Ukraine, more than 10,000 people died in April 2014. The 2015 peace agreement helped to alleviate hostilities, but armed accidents continue, AP's news agency reported.