Ukrainian Peacekeepers Attacked in Iraq

Seven Ukrainian peacekeepers (searchwere wounded when militants attacked their patrol in southern Iraq, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry said Wednesday.

Two armored personnel carriers with 17 Ukrainian peacekeepers were ambushed Tuesday night near As Suwayrah (search), northwest of their base at Kut in southern Iraq, said Ukrainian Defense Ministry spokesman Kostiantyn Khivrenko (search). Three mines exploded under the vehicles, and militants then opened fire.

Khivrenko said that the wounded soldiers' condition was stable. Five of them were hospitalized in Baghdad, and the two others suffered only slight injuries.

A Ukrainian peacekeeper died earlier this month when the vehicle he was riding in turned over.

Some 1,650 Ukrainian troops are serving in the Polish-led stabilization force patrolling southern Iraq.