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Published in Stream:
Day 714: February 1, 2016
Press by
The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
Attacks Reported Across Front Line
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This morning the Ukrainian military reports attacks across the front line, with 53 attacks over the previous 24 hours.

According to the ATO Press Centre, Russian-backed fighters used 82 and 120 mm mortars, as well as infantry fighting vehicles (BMPs), grenade launchers and small arms.

To the west of Donetsk, Ukrainian positions near Krasnogorovka were shelled with 120 mm mortars while Marinka was attacked with grenade launchers and heavy machine guns. 

To the north of the separatist-held city, there were attacks on Peski, Opytnoye and Avdeyevka.

The other hotspot was the Gorlovka area.

According to Colonel Andriy Lysenko, military spokesman for the Presidential Administration,  not only were Ukrainian positions in the immediate surrounds of the separatist-held town attacked, but the second line of defences to the north were shelled with mortars.

Lysenko said that Ukrainian positions between Gorlovka and Novgorodskoye, to the west, had been under fire from mortars and BMPs "practically around the clock."

Mortars were also used to shell Mayorsk and Zaytsevo, where a volunteer-driven medical vehicle was struck at a checkpoint yesterday, wounding a doctor and a soldier.

As a result of this attack, and the targeting on January 28 of another frontier checkpoint in Marinka, the military is reviewing the possibility of closing the entry-exit checkpoints to avoid the risk of civilian casualties as thousands of people pass through these checkpoints every day.

However Yuri Tandit, an adviser to the head of the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU), told 112 last night that the government should keep the checkpoints open so that Ukrainian citizens on both sides of the frontier can maintain contact with their families.

It was in this same area that the Donetsk police report two civilians were wounded by tripwire mines.

According to the police, the men, aged 28 and 44, were taken to hospital in Dzerzhynsk after setting off the tripwire in the woods near the village of Leninskoye. 

Separatist military spokesman Eduard Basurin claimed meanwhile that Ukrainian troops had shelled the north and west of Gorlovka, wounding four civilians and destroying 16 houses.

To the east of Gorlovka, Colonel Lysenko reported several small-arms skirmishes near Troitskoye and Luganskoye.

Meanwhile in the south of the Donetsk region, the military reports a mortar attack on Ukrainian positions in Starognatovka, east of Volnovakha.

In the Lugansk region, 120 mm mortars were reportedly used to shell positions near Stanitsa Luganskaya, northeast of separatist-held Lugansk city.

-- Pierre Vaux