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Ukraine Live Day 634
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The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
One Ukrainian Soldier Killed, Three Wounded With Fighting Near Gorlovka And Donetsk
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Two Civilians Killed By Landmine Near Marinka

Oleksandr Turchynov, the secretary of the Ukrainian National Security and Defence Council (NSDC), said today that one Ukrainian soldier has been killed and three wounded over the last 24 hours.

Turchynov said that Russian-backed fighters had shelled the government-controlled village of Zaytsevo, just outside separatist-held Gorlovka, with 82 mm mortars, wounding two soldiers. One of them died on the way to hospital.

The Ukrainian military's ATO Press Centre reported earlier that there had been fighting in Zaytsevo between 18:25 and 19:15 yesterday evening.


To the east, the Lugansk police report that two Ukrainian soldiers were wounded after setting off a tripwire mine near the village of Krymskoye. 

In the Donetsk area, the  ATO Press Centre and Ukrainian military intelligence reported attacks, conducted with grenade launchers, heavy machine guns and small arms on positions in the Marinka, Krasnogorovka, Peski, Opytnoye, Avdeyevka, Novoselovka Vtoraya, and Vasilyovka areas.


Overall, military intelligence reported 22 attacks yesterday. 

In turn the 'defence ministry' of the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic (DNR) has accused Ukrainian troops of violating the ceasefire 10 times over the last 24 hours.

According to the separatists, Ukrainian forces attacked northern and western areas of Donetsk, as well as Gorlovka, with mortars, tanks, and small arms.

The report claims that more than 60 82 and 120 mm mortar shells fell on separatist-held territory in that period.

Ertugrul Apakan, the Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, called on both sides today to adhere to the ceasefire agreement that came into force on September 1.

The OSCE statement:

KYIV, 13 November 2015 – The Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine Ertugrul Apakan today deplored the recent increase in the number and the gravity of ceasefire violations in eastern Ukraine, and urged the sides to honour their commitments under the Minsk agreements.

Since the beginning of November SMM monitors have reported that the level of violence has increased, especially near the remains of Donetsk airport.

“I am particularly concerned by the use of heavy weapons in Staromykhailivka, Krasnohorivka and the Kuibyshevskyi district of Donetsk city,” the Chief Monitor said.

He recalled the clear commitments to the ceasefire made by the sides in the Minsk Protocol and Memorandum of September 2014 and the Package of Implementation Measures of February 2015.

“SMM monitors have observed and reported two months of relative calm, and tentative steps by people in some areas towards rebuilding their lives and communities. We urge all sides not to turn back the clock on these positive developments and to honour their commitments and work towards a durable peace,” Apakan said.

-- Pierre Vaux