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EU blames Russia for death of 5 in eastern Ukraine

The European Union on Friday blamed Russia for the deaths of at least five troops in eastern Ukraine in what appears to be the worst outburst of violence in months.

"The death of five Ukrainian servicemen yesterday is the just the latest proof of the tragic consequences of Russia's aggression in Ukraine," said EU Council President Donald Tusk after a summit with six eastern European nations, including Ukraine.

Fighting between Russia-backed separatists and Ukrainian government troops has killed more than 10,000 people since it began in 2014. A cease-fire deal signed in 2015 helped to reduce the scale of fighting but did not stop it altogether. In the meantime,...