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Ukrainians lose soldiers, capture weapons in war with rebels

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Ukrainian national forces show what they say are arms taken from separatists in eastern Ukraine. The Russians have been accused by Ukraine and the U.S. of arming the rebels. (Source: CBS) Ukrainian national forces show what they say are arms taken from separatists in eastern Ukraine. The Russians have been accused by Ukraine and the U.S. of arming the rebels. (Source: CBS)

KIEV, UKRAINE (CBS) - The Ukrainian Defense Ministry released video on Thursday of what it says are confiscated rebel weapons, ammunition, and vehicles from an unknown location in eastern Ukraine.

One unnamed Ukrainian soldier said that the army had confiscated an APC (armored personnel carrier) and weapons following a gunfight with separatists near the city of Kramatorsk in the Donetsk Oblast region.

Meanwhile, it was announced on Friday that at least 10 Ukrainian soldiers were killed when their convoy was ambushed by pro-Russia separatist rebels in a town close to the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash site near Hrabove.

Thirteen more soldiers were unaccounted for after the attack, officials said, and the bodies of four more people were being examined to determine whether they were soldiers or rebels.

Defense officials said that an army convoy was struck by mortars during redeployment.

Col. Andriy Lysenko, Ukrainian national security spokesman, said at a news conference in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev that 10 soldiers were killed, 13 were wounded and 11 others are missing following the attack.

"We got this trophy APC in a fight, when we were liberating Kramatorsk from the separatists and Russian mercenaries. This APC was left up the field. The separatists didn't have time to damage it; that's why it's in normal working condition," one Ukrainian soldier said.

Weapons also were shown that had been taken by the Ukrainian army from pro-Russian separatists.

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