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Ukraine says more than 40 of its soldiers, 10 civilians killed

People stand next to fragments of military equipment on the street in the aftermath of an apparent Russian strike in Kharkiv in Kharkiv, Ukraine, Feb. 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Andrew Marienko )
People stand next to fragments of military equipment on the street in the aftermath of an apparent Russian strike in Kharkiv in Kharkiv, Ukraine, Feb. 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Andrew Marienko )

More than 40 Ukrainian soldiers and around 10 civilians have been killed so far after the Russian invasion of Kyiv, says the Ukrainian presidency in a statement.

Meanwhile the Russian army says that Moscow-backed separatist forces in eastern Ukraine are advancing and have gained territory.

Military spokesperson Igor Konashenkov tells state television that forces of the Donetsk People’s Republic gained “up to three kilometers” (1.8 miles) in territory and those of the Lugansk People’s Republic “advanced one and a half kilometers.”

He adds that Russia has “high precision weapons” and that Ukrainian civilians have “nothing to fear.”

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