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Friday 22 August 2014

Pro-Russian rebels kill 19 Ukrainian soldiers in rocket attack

Tom Parfitt

Published 12/07/2014 | 02:30

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Ukrainian troops are pictured near Slaviansk July 11, 2014. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko vowed to "find and destroy" pro-Russian rebels who killed 23 servicemen and wounded nearly 100 in a missile attack on Friday.  REUTERS/Gleb Garanich  (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST MILITARY)
Ukrainian troops are near Slaviansk. Reuters
Ukrainian troops are pictured near Slaviansk July 11, 2014. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko vowed to "find and destroy" pro-Russian rebels who killed 23 servicemen and wounded nearly 100 in a missile attack on Friday.  REUTERS/Gleb Garanich  (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST MILITARY)
Ukrainian troops are near Slaviansk. Reuters
Ukrainian troops are pictured near Slaviansk July 11, 2014. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko vowed to "find and destroy" pro-Russian rebels who killed 23 servicemen and wounded nearly 100 in a missile attack on Friday.  REUTERS/Gleb Garanich  (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST MILITARY)
Ukrainian troops are pictured near Slaviansk. Reuters

AT least 19 Ukrainian soldiers were killed in a rocket attack by pro-Russian rebels yesterday.

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The men died when a column of military vehicles was hit by Grad missiles.

Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko said those responsible would be "found and destroyed", adding: "For every life of our servicemen, the rebels will pay with tens and hundreds of their own."

The attack was the latest in a series of deadly strikes in the civil war between Ukrainian forces and rebel troops in the eastern Donetsk and Luhansk regions, where the leaders of self-proclaimed "peoples' republics" want to break away and join Russia.

In the past week Ukrainian forces have pushed deeper into rebel territory, reclaiming the strategic towns of Slavyansk and Kramatorsk.

They are expected to draw a noose around Luhansk and Donetsk, where rebel forces have consolidated.

Zoryan Shkyryak, an adviser to Ukraine's interior minister, said that up to 30 people had been killed in the missile attack. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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