Fresh Violence in E. Ukraine

Fresh Violence  in E. UkraineFresh Violence  in E. Ukraine

Five civilians have been killed in fresh violence in eastern Ukraine, where more explosions and gunfire rang out on Sunday, two days before the start of a planned truce.

Three civilians were killed and 10 were wounded overnight in the rebel bastion of Donetsk, where further explosions and gunfire were heard Sunday morning, the AFP reported.

Kiev has announced a new round of talks with the pro-Russian rebels in Minsk next week to try and rescue a tattered September ceasefire.

The talks are to be held on Tuesday, also the date set by both sides for a fresh truce to come into force.

Fighting between Ukraine and the rebels in the east has claimed more than 4,300 lives.