Alert in Ukraine following ‘heavy shelling’ in Donbass region

FILE PHOTO: Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy speaks during a joint news conference after a Normandy-format summit in Paris, France December 10, 2019. REUTERS/Charles Platiau/Pool/File Photo

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy will convene a Ukrainian security council meeting on Tuesday after one soldier was killed and four wounded in ‘heavy shelling’ by Russian forces in the eastern Donbass region. 

Zelenskiy called it a provocation intended to disrupt the peace process for the Donbass region.

The Ukrainian army said that one Ukrainian soldier was killed and four wounded by enemy fire in the eastern Donbass region on Tuesday, the army said in a statement.

Earlier the army had accused Russian forces of trying to cross Ukrainian lines, firing mortars, grenade launchers and machine guns. 

A simmering conflict between Ukrainian troops and Russian-backed forces in eastern Ukraine has killed more than 13,000 people since 2014 despite a ceasefire agreement struck in 2015.