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KIEV, Aug. 26 (Xinhua) -- The Ukrainian government said Tuesday that its troops killed 247 independence-seeking insurgents in eastern Ukraine in the past day.
The troops also captured some hardware that belonged to the insurgents, including 16 military vehicles, said the press service of the military on its official Facebook page.
The insurgents denied the figures, telling local media that their losses in the past day were 10 people, either killed or injured.
According to Andrei Lysenko, spokesman for Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council, 12 government soldiers died and 19 others were injured in the clashes since Monday.
The overnight fighting also claimed the lives of at least three civilians, who were caught in the cross-fire in Donetsk city, the municipal council said in a statement.
On Tuesday, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, meet in Minsk for a gathering also attended by Belarusian, Kazakh and European Union leaders and officials.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday that Kremlin does not rule out the possibility of a separate bilateral meeting between Russian and Ukrainian presidents in Minsk.
"We expect an honest conversation on resolving the Ukrainian crisis and humanitarian issues," Peskov said.
Poroshenko and Putin met informally on June 6 during D-Day celebrations in France.
Xinhua is China's state-run news agency.
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