KIEV, March 18 (Xinhua) -- A Ukrainian serviceman was killed in artillery shelling on Thursday at the frontline in Eastern Ukraine, the country's Ministry of Defence reported on Facebook Thursday.
"Today, March 18 ... as a result of enemy shelling, a serviceman of the Joint Forces Operation was wounded. The soldier was promptly given first aid, but unfortunately his life could not be saved," the statement said.
Since February of this year, the situation in Donbas has been heating up. Since the beginning of this month, two Ukrainian servicemen have been killed and 12 more wounded as a result of shelling.
The ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine, which has claimed the lives of some 14,000 people and left as many as 40,000 wounded, began in April 2014. Enditem