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Published in Stream:
Ukraine Day 777: April 4, 2016
Press by
The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
Two Ukrainian Military Captured Near Gorlovka; Fuel Tank Explosion in Krasnodon
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Two Ukrainian soldiers were captured near the city of Gorlovka today, reported.

Aleksandr Motuzyanik, spokesman of the presidential Administration on ATO issues, gave a press briefing today on the situation in the conflict zone over the weekend (translation by The Interpreter):

"Two Ukrainian servicemen were captured near Gorlovka. Meanwhile, more detailed information about the incident will be provided after conducting special measures which for now cannot be revealed in order to secure the safety of our servicemen."
No more information, including the soldiers' names, was available. Gorlovka is under Russian-backed separatist control and clashes frequently take place around its environs.

On Saturday, the SBU captured a Russian-backed militant and had very little to say about that detention as well.

At the briefing, Motuzyanik also said that Russian-backed forces have received the order from Moscow to reduce their numbers by 20% due to "significant losses on the part of the fighters of the command of the so-called 1st and 2nd army corps of the Russian occupying forces."

He said forced mobilization was therefore under way in the separatist-controlled areas. He said Russia continues to supply troops to the self-proclaimed "Donetsk People's Republic" and "Lugansk People's Republic."

According to Ukrainian military intelligence, Russia has sent some reinforcements for the fighters, notably 4 fuel vehicles, 3 trucks with ammunition and two VAZ automobiles to Amvrosiyevka and 320 tons of diesel fuel to Ilovaysk. 

There was no independent confirmation of these reports.

The Russian-backed militants renewed attacks on Ukrainian positions today, the ATO reported on its Facebook page; the number of shellings was up to 35 after they had fallen to 6 over the weekend.

There was shelling for 82-mm mortar luanchers near Avdeyevka where militants fired 4 times and on Novgorodskoye and Novozvanovka.

Militants also concentrated their fire on Ukrainian positions in Opytnoye, Shirokino, Krasnogorovka, Stanitsa Luganskaya, Zaytsevo and Novotroitskoye.

Today residents of Krasnodon, also controlled by Russian militants reported an explosion of a fuel tank, Unian reported.

Residents say militants and dog handlers arrived at the scene to look for explosives along the railroad.

-- Catherine A. Fitzpatrick