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Published in Stream:
Day 745: March 3, 2016
Press by
The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
Russian-Backed Fighters Fire Grads From Donetsk
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The Ukrainian military claims that Russian-backed fighters fired Grad rockets from the city of Donetsk last night. The claim is backed up by numerous reports from residents on social media.

According to the ATO Press Centre, Grad batteries in Donetsk and Staromikhailovka opened fire on Nevelskoye and Krasnogorovka, respectively, at around 5:15 (3:15 GMT) this morning.

"In each instance, no fewer than 10 rocket shells were fired towards the Ukrainian army's defensive positions."


The report included a video which appears to show rocket launches, though we cannot verify its location: 

Reports on Twitter and VKontakte correspond with the time given by the Ukrainian military:

#Donetsk grad went off ten minutes ago.

From VKontakte, asking what just went boom?


From another thread:


"Grad in action just about 15 minutes ago"

"Arisha, I heard it too" 

Overall, the Ukrainian military reports 62 attacks in the 24 hours preceding 6:00 today.

According to the ATO Press Centre, grenade launchers and heavy machine guns were used to attack Ukrainian positions around Donetsk and Gorlovka, including Marinka, Krasnogorovka, Opytnoye, Peski, Troitskoye, Zaytsevo and Luganskoye. 

To the south of Donetsk, a group of Russian-backed fighters assaulted a Ukrainian checkpoint outside Novotroitskoye, near the highway leading to Mariupol.

According to military spokesman Aleksandr Kindsfater, two BMP infantry fighting vehicles tried to break through the Ukrainian lines under cover of fire from automatic grenade launchers but failed as Ukrainian troops returned fire and brought in their own BMPs.

A similar incident occurred near Granitnoye, the ATO Press Centre said. 

Kindsfater told that Russian-backed fighters had used both 82 and 120 mm mortars to shell Ukrainian positions near Talakovka, Vodyanoye, Gnutovo and Pavlopol.

In addition, Ukrainian troops near Berdyanskoye and Shirokino were attacked with grenade launchers and heavy machine guns.


Colonel Oleksandr Motuzynayk, military spokesman for the Presidential Administration, announced at noon today that within the last 24 hours, one Ukrainian soldier had been shot dead by a sniper near Stanitsa Luganskaya and another wounded by shelling in Peski.

-- Pierre Vaux