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Ukraine Live Day 584
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The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
Ukraine Reports Use Of Heavy Artillery Near Donetsk
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Colonel Andriy Lysenko, military spokesman for the Presidential Administration, has announced that one Ukrainian soldier has been killed and two wounded over the last 24 hours.

Lysenko told reporters that the casualties were incurred after the Ukrainian troops struck a landmine near the Bakhmutka highway in the Lugansk region.

Elsewhere in the region, Lysenko reported, there were three sniper or small-arms attacks to the east of Krymskoye, and an attack on a Cougar armoured patrol vehicle near Zolotoye.

"Thanks to precise return fire and their robust armour, our troops were not wounded and the enemy withdrew to the south, to occupied Pervomaysk."


Earlier today, the ATO Press Centre reported that there had been attacks on Ukrainian positions in the Donetsk region in the early hours of this morning.

According to the report, Russian-backed fighters fired on Ukrainian positions in Zaytsevo, north-east of Gorlovka, with heavy machine guns and small arms at 1 am.

Around an hour later, the Ukrainian military claims, a fortified position in Krasnogorovka, west of Donetsk, was shelled with 122 mm artillery from the direction of separatist-held Staromikhailovka.


If true, this is a significant report. Since the ceasefire came into effect at the end of last month, the vast majority of ceasefire violations reported have involved small arms or grenade launchers. There have been a few reports of 82, or even more rarely, 120 mm mortar attacks, but no claims of such heavy artillery use as alleged by the Ukrainians today.

Meanwhile the 'defence ministry' of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DNR) claimed today that Ukrainian forces had violated the ceasefire three times over the previous 24 hours.

According to the 'ministry,' Ukrainian troops used anti-aircraft artillery to fire on Staromikhailovka.

In the Gorlovka area, they report small arms and infantry fighting vehicle fire on separatist-held parts of Zaytsevo and Zhabichevo. 

-- Pierre Vaux