KIEV:– Three Ukrainian soldiers were killed and sixteen wounded as violent clashes continued between pro-Russian rebels and government forces in the country's separatist east, Kiev said Sunday. Eight of the injured soldiers suffered concussion during artillery shelling over the weekend near Luganske, a village 50 kilometres (30 miles) northeast of the rebels' de facto capital Donetsk, according to military spokesman Andriy Lysenko. Despite the agreement of a ceasefire aimed at halting the 26-month war in east Ukraine, shelling flares up frequently and Kiev has lost several soldiers in recent weeks.–AFP