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story.lead_photo.caption German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, right, talks with his Ukrainian counterpart Andrii Deshchytsia during his visit to Kiev, Ukraine, on Tuesday, May 13, 2014. Steinmeier flew to Ukraine on Tuesday to help start talks between the Ukrainian government and its foes after the declaration of independence by two eastern region. - Photo by AP/Andrew Kravchenko, Pool

KIEV, Ukraine — Germany's foreign minister Tuesday tried to broker a quick launch of talks between Ukraine's central government and pro-Russia separatists, yet fighting still claimed six lives in restive eastern Ukraine.

Six servicemen were ambushed and killed and eight others wounded Tuesday afternoon outside the town of Kramatorsk, the defense ministry said. The attackers included at least 30 insurgents and were using grenade launchers and automatic weapons, it said in a statement.

Kramatorsk is in the Donetsk region, one of two in eastern Ukraine that declared independence on Monday.

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