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The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
4 Ukrainian Soldiers And 1 Civilian Wounded By Mines In The Lugansk Region
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Four Ukrainian soldiers were wounded yesterday by a land mine, reports the Lugansk Military-Civil Administration.

According to this morning's announcement, the soldiers, from the 22nd Mechanised Infantry Battalion, were conducting engineering work by an observation post near the village of Orekhovo, on the Bakhmutka highway, when the blast occurred at around 14:15.

The four are reported to have survived the blast but suffered multiple injuries. 

Just yesterday, the Ukrainian military reported that one soldier had been killed and two wounded by another mine in the same area on September 23.

The Administration also reported that an 85-year-old shepherd was wounded by a tripwire mine near Stanitsa Luganskaya at around 6 am today. The man was taken to a hospital and has been operated upon. His life is not reported to be in danger.

Land mines have claimed dozens of lives in the conflict, especially as fighting has slowed, with both soldiers and civilians at risk while moving along the front lines.

Sergei Korotkikh, the reconnaissance commander of the Azov Regiment, told the 112 television channel today that it will take at least 10 years to clear the war-torn village of Shirokino, east of Mariupol, of mines.

Meanwhile Colonel Andriy Lysenko, military spokesman for the Presidential Administration, told reporters at noon today that another Ukrainian soldier had been wounded over the last 24 hours.

The soldier was wounded outside Avdeyevka, to the north of Donetsk. 

The Ukrainian military's ATO Press Centre claimed this morning that there had been four ceasefire violations by Russian-backed forces over the last 24 hours. 

According to the report, a sniper in separatist-held Spartak, fired on Ukrainian troops to the south of Avdeyevka from around 18:00.

The report says that there were two other attacks near Donetsk and two towards Artyomovsk.

At around 1 am today, Russian-backed fighters attacked a Ukrainian defensive position near Zaytsevo, north-east of Gorlovka, with heavy machine guns and small arms.

-- Pierre Vaux