March 20, 2015 / 3:08 PM / 4 years ago

One civilian killed in rebel attack in east Ukrainian town: regional police

KIEV (Reuters) - One civilian was killed on Friday in an attack by pro-Russian separatist rebels in the government-controlled town of Avdiyivka in east Ukraine despite a ceasefire deal, Ukrainian regional police said.

“Today at around 1500 (1300 GMT) one man was killed as a result of a direct hit on a private residence,” the police said in an online statement, blaming rebel fighters for the attack, without giving further details.

A peace plan to end the conflict in eastern Ukraine has come under renewed strain this week, with Ukraine and Russia clashing publicly over the next steps and further Ukrainian military casualties from rebel attacks testing the fragile truce.

Reporting by Natalia Zinets; Writing by Alessandra Prentice; Editing by Richard Balmforth

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