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Ukrainian officials said Friday that seven Ukrainian troops were killed in overnight fighting in the restive east, as hostilities between government forces and pro-Russian rebels continued two days after President Petro Poroshenko said he would soon call a unilateral cease-fire. Vladislav Seleznev, spokesman for Ukrainian forces in the east, said seven soldiers were killed and 30 injured in fighting against pro-Russian separatists. The fighting took place on Thursday, outside the village of Yampil in the Donetsk region. Russian President Vladimir Putin has voiced concern about the Ukrainian military onslaught. NATO on Thursday reported that Russia was resuming a military build-up at the Ukrainian border.

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