KIEV, Ukraine – A Ukrainian security official says one serviceman and one civilian have been killed in the past day as rebels in the east continue attacks despite a cease-fire declared three weeks ago.
Volodymyr Polyoviy, a spokesman for Ukraine's national security council said Saturday that the civilian died and 16 others were wounded in rebel mortar fire on the town of Shchastya, damaging the local hospital and a vocational school.
He also said one serviceman was killed and eight wounded over the past day, but did not give details. Rebel fire continued in the vicinity of the airport in Donetsk, the largest rebel-held city, he said. Ukrainian forces have held the airport against rebels since May.
More than 3,500 people have been killed in the conflict between Ukrainian forces and Russia-backed rebels.