Europe

2 Ukrainian troops killed in fighting in the east

  • Ukrainian tanks stand in the yard of an apartment block in Avdiivka, eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017. Heavy fighting around government-held Avdiivka, just north of the rebel-stronghold city of Donetsk, began over the weekend and persisted into early Wednesday. The Contact Group called for the opposing sides to cease fire and urged them to pull back their heavy weapons by the end of the week. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

    Ukrainian tanks stand in the yard of an apartment block in Avdiivka, eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017. Heavy fighting around government-held Avdiivka, just north of the rebel-stronghold city of Donetsk, began over the weekend and persisted into early Wednesday. The Contact Group called for the opposing sides to cease fire and urged them to pull back their heavy weapons by the end of the week. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)  (The Associated Press)

  • A municipal worker inspects damage to a home after shelling in the city of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017. Heavy fighting between government troops and Russia-backed rebels continues in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday, at least 10 people have been killed since Monday and dozens wounded. (AP Photo/Alexander Ermochenko)

    A municipal worker inspects damage to a home after shelling in the city of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017. Heavy fighting between government troops and Russia-backed rebels continues in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday, at least 10 people have been killed since Monday and dozens wounded. (AP Photo/Alexander Ermochenko)  (The Associated Press)

  • A local resident eats free food at a humanitarian aid center in Avdiivka, eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017. Freezing residents of an eastern Ukraine town battered by an upsurge in fighting between government troops and Russia-backed rebels flocked to a humanitarian aid center Wednesday to receive food and warm up. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

    A local resident eats free food at a humanitarian aid center in Avdiivka, eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017. Freezing residents of an eastern Ukraine town battered by an upsurge in fighting between government troops and Russia-backed rebels flocked to a humanitarian aid center Wednesday to receive food and warm up. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)  (The Associated Press)

Ukraine's government say that two of its troops have been killed in the country's industrial east as both government forces and rebels reported shelling on their positions overnight.

The Ukrainian government's press office for the military operation in the east said Thursday that 10 other troops were wounded as fighting in Ukraine's industrial heartland entered its fifth day.

Associated Press reporters based on both sides of the conflict that has been raging since 2014 heard salvos of Grad multiple grenade launchers at night. Both Russia-backed separatist rebels and the Ukrainian government in 2015 committed to cease fire and pull back heavy weaponry including Grads.

At least 10 people have been killed since Monday and dozens wounded including civilians on both sides of the front line.