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KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The Ukrainian defense ministry says six servicemen have been ambushed and killed and eight others wounded in the country’s restive east.

The defense ministry said the troops were attacked outside the town of Kramatorsk on Tuesday afternoon by at least 30 insurgents who were using grenade launchers and automatic weapons.

Pro-Russia insurgents have been capturing government buildings and controlling towns and cities across eastern Ukraine for a month now. Two eastern regions — Donetsk and Luhansk — declared independence on Monday.