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Ukraine Live Day 672
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The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
Ukraine Reports 57 Attacks Over 24 Hours, With More Fighting Reported Today Near Gorlovka
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The Ukrainian military claimed this morning that Russian-backed fighters had violated the ceasefire regime 57 times within the last 24 hours, with more than 35 of the attacks occurring between 18:00 last night and 6:00 today.

According to the ATO Press Centre, Russian-backed fighters twice used 120 mm mortars near Stanitsa Luganskaya, as well as shelling Zaytsevo, outside Gorlovka, and Krasnogorovka, which lies west of Donetsk, with 82 mm mortars. Krasnogorovka also came tank fire. 

North of Donetsk, Russian-backed fighters reportedly attacked Peski, Opytnoye and Avdeyevka with small arms, grenade launchers and heavy machine guns.

Near Gorlovka, there were automatic grenade launcher attacks on Mayorsk, Luganskoye and Novgorodskoye, where Ukrainian troops also came under fire from infantry fighting vehicles, snipers, small arms and heavy machine guns.

The military claims that Ukrainian troops were engaged in a skirmish with Russian-backed fighters near Troitskoye for around an hour before the attacking troops retreated.

Colonel Andriy Lysenko, a military spokesman for the Presidential Administration, told reporters today that two Ukrainian servicemen had been wounded in action over the last 24 hours:

In turn, the 'defence ministry' of the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic (DNR), claimed today that Ukrainian forces had violated the ceasefire seven times within 24 hours.

According to the DNR, Ukrainian troops fired 34 120 and 82 mm mortar shells and moire than ten recoilless rifle rounds over this time period, striking the outskirts of Donetsk and Gorlovka.

Meanwhile this afternoon there are unconfirmed reports of audible fighting on the western fringes of Gorlovka:

Translation: #Gorlovka Stroitel, Shirokaya Balka, it's noisy.

Translation: #Gorlovka Shirokaya Balka, 6/7 fighting: small arms and mortar.

-- Pierre Vaux