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By Florence Tan and Henning Gloystein SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Oil gave up early gains with Brent futures slipping below $48 on Tuesday as a stronger dollar weighed, offsetting comments from producer group OPEC that prices may have found a floor. The Secretary-General of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, Abdullah al-Badri, said oil prices may have bottomed out and warned of a risk of a future jump to $200 a barrel if investment in new supplies was too low. "Crude oil markets continue to consolidate near term," ANZ analysts said, adding that Brent traded in the range of $48-$50 last week and showed little direction. "OPEC's Secretary General commented yesterday that prices may have bottomed, but there was no imminent prospect of OPEC producers sitting down to discuss cutbacks until mid-year." Brent fell 20 cents to $47.96 a barrel by 0700 GMT, after climbing to $48.38 earlier.
KIEV (Reuters) - Nine Ukrainian servicemen have been killed and 29 wounded in fighting in separatist eastern territories in the past 24 hours, Kiev military spokesman Vladislav Seleznyov said on Tuesday. Fighting in eastern Ukraine is at its worst level since a ceasefire was agreed last September. Seleznyov said the fighting was the most intense near the strategic small town of Debaltseve, north-east of rebel-held Donetsk. (Reporting by Pavel Polityuk; Editing by Andrew Heavens)