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Ukraine Live Day 641
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The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
Ukraine Reports Shelling Of Villages Outside Mariupol, Grad Attack On Krasnogorovka
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Ukrainian Military Intelligence Chief Says Separatists Preparing For Offensive

The Ukrainian military reported less than two hours ago that Russian-backed fighters were shelling the villages of Pavlopol and Shirokino, outside Mariupol.

At 11:16 GMT the ATO Press Centre reported that Russian-backed fighters were using 120 and 82 mm mortars to shell the outskirts of the villages, while also opening up with grenade launchers and heavy machine guns.

Earlier today, the military reported that Russian-backed fighters had conducted 36 attacks overnight across the Donbass.

According to the report, the Ukrainian-held town of Krasnogorovka, west of Donetsk, was bombarded with rockets, fired from multiple launchers located towards Staromikhailovka.

Colonel Andriy Lysenko later told journalists that two rounds of Grad rockets had been fired on Krasnogorovka. He stressed that the rockets had fallen not on Ukrainian positions, but on the settlement itself. Four rockets were fired in total.

In addition, Lysenko claimed, three 82 mm mortar shells struck the town. 

10 small arms attacks were reported near Krasnogorovka and Marinka, to the south. The ATO Press Centre claimed that Ukrainian positions in Marinka were targeted with grenade launchers.

To the north of Donetsk, there were two skirmishes between Ukrainian and Russian-backed fighters on the front line between Spartak and Opytnoye. There were also attacks on Peski and Avdeyevka.

Outside Gorlovka, a Ukrainian soldier was wounded in the village of Mayorsk after Russian-backed fighters attacked with grenade launchers and small arms. There were similar attacks on Zaytsevo and Novogorodskoye. 

Lysenko claimed that enemy fighters were operating in residential areas, using the cover to conduct attacks at close range.

To the east of Gorlovka, the Ukrainian-held village of Lozovoye was reportedly shelled with 82 mm mortars. 

In the Lugansk region there were mortar and anti-aircraft artillery attacks on Ukrainian positions on the Bakhmutka highway, near Novotoshkovskoye.

Anatoliy Proshin, spokesman for the military operation in the Lugansk region, told the 112 television channel that there had also been two attacks near the village of Orekhovo.

Proshin reported no casualties in the area.

Meanwhile the 'defence ministry' of the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic (DNR) claimed this morning that Ukrainian forces had violated the ceasefire 16 times over the last 24 hours.

According to the DNR, Ukrainian troops fired on several villages on the edges of Gorlovka, Staromikhailovka and Aleskandrovka, west of Donetsk, as well as Sakhanka, northeast of Shirokino.

The separatists accused the Ukrainians of using 120 mm mortars and armoured fighting vehicles in their attacks.

The DNR reported no military or civilian losses.

-- Pierre Vaux