Six Ukrainian soldiers have been killed in the last 24 hours in fighting against Russia-backed separatists in the eastern part of the country.
Oleksandr Motuzianik, a military spokesman for President Petro Poroshenko, made the announcement on July 24, adding that 13 soldiers were injured.
He did not give details of the deaths, but the press center of the Ukrainian military's "Antiterrorist Operation" (ATO) said on July 24 that Ukrainian forces were fired upon 77 times in the preceding 24 hours. That statement said the heaviest shelling came in the Mariupol area.
According to the United Nations, more than 9,400 people have died since the fighting in eastern Ukraine began in 2014.