In the deadliest raid yet on Ukrainian troops, pro-Russia insurgents attacked a military checkpoint Thursday, killing 16 soldiers, and the interim prime minister accused Moscow of trying to disrupt the upcoming election for a new president to lead the divided country out of its crisis.
Witnesses, including a medical worker, said more than 30 Ukrainian troops were wounded, with some in grave condition. Fighting also raged in at least two other villages. The Donetsk regional administration and a Health Ministry official said 16 soldiers were killed. Associated Press journalists saw 11 dead soldiers in the field near the village of Blahodatne, outside Volnovakha.
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