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Fighting continued along the front line in eastern Ukraine on June 8, with serious clashes between the Ukrainian army and Russian-backed forces being seen in Luhansk Oblast for a second day.

“The hostilities observed now have already exceeded the level of intensity seen in January-February 2017, during the battle of Avdiyivka,” Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense spokesman Oleksandr Motuzyanyk said on June 8.

Over the past 24 hours, Ukrainian positions have been targeted by as many as 900 mortar shells, 130 artillery rounds and 25 tank rounds, Motuzyanyk said, adding that at least half of the artillery strikes were delivered some 2 kilometers southeast of the town of Krymske in Luhansk Oblast.

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