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    Donetsk Military Claims Downed Ukrainian Plane, Helicopter

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    The self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic's militia members have claimed downing the Ukrainian army's aircraft.

    DONETSK, (Sputnik) – The Ukrainian military has lost a helicopter and an airplane in the country’s eastern region of Donetsk, the Donetsk News Agency quoted a commander of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic’s (DPR) Defense Ministry as saying Tuesday.

    “The losses by the Ukrainian military over the last 24 hours include an airplane and helicopter,” the commander said.

    The agency did not specify which type of aircraft had been downed.

    The commander added that the Ukrainian Army had also lost seven tanks and 163 people in the last 24 hours and 1,659 people in the last 17 days.

    “The losses among civilians are estimated at eight killed and 22 injured. DPR has seven killed, 20 injured,” the commander said.

    The information has not been confirmed by Kiev.

    Violence in eastern Ukraine surged in January, with fighting in the Donetsk Region intensifying. Shelling attacks in the region over the past few weeks resulted in the deaths of dozens of civilians.

    On January 31, the latest round of trilateral reconciliation talks on Ukraine took place in Minsk, Belarus, but did not yield any results. Following the failed talks, Kiev authorities and Ukraine’s breakaway republics again blamed each other for escalating the crisis.

    Earlier in the month, Moscow said the recent surge in violence in eastern Ukraine confirms that Kiev is looking to find a way out the Ukraine crisis with a military solution.

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