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Published in Stream:
Day 812: May 9, 2016
Press by
The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
Russian-Backed Fighters Parade Heavy Weapons While Two Ukrainian Soldiers Killed By Mines
6 years
Tensions High On Victory Day In Ukraine

Two Ukrainian soldiers have been killed and four wounded within the last 24 hours, officials say.

According to the Lugansk Regional Military-Civil Administration, one Ukrainian soldier was killed and another two wounded this morning by a tripwire mine outside the front-line village of Krymskoye, in the Lugansk region.

Later today, Colonel Oleksandr Motuzyanyk, military spokesman for the Presidential Administration, told reporters that another soldier had been killed by an unidentified explosive device near Avdeyevka, north of Donetsk.

The Ukrainian military claimed this morning that Russian-backed fighters had conducted 9 attacks in three main areas yesterday.

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According to the ATO Press Center report, Ukrainian positions on the outskirts of Avdeyevka were fired on with grenade launchers, heavy machine guns and small arms.

To the west of Donetsk, a Ukrainian defensive position near Maryinka was attacked with rocket-propelled grenades.

In the Gorlovka area, the military reports small-arms and machine-gun attacks on the approach to Luganskoye.

On the coast, Russian-backed fighters reportedly used automatic grenade launchers and machine guns to attack Ukrainian positions in the village of Shirokino, east of Mariupol.

Meanwhile, the 'defense ministry' of the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic (DNR) accused Ukrainian forces of stepping up attacks and firing on separatist-controlled territory 163 times over 24 hours.

According to the DNR, 21 82 mm mortar shells, as well as rounds from BMP infantry fighting vehicles, grenade launchers and small arms were fired by Ukrainian forces on the outskirts of Donetsk and Gorlovka, as well as villages in the south of the Donetsk region.

Both the DNR and their sister separatist 'republic' in Lugansk, held large military parades today to mark Victory Day, in violation of the Minsk agreements, according to which heavy artillery should be withdrawn from the front.

At both parades, tanks and armoured fighting vehicles were accompanied by self-propelled howitzers, Grad multiple-launch rocket systems, towed artillery pieces and 9K35 Strela-10 surface-to-air missile systems. 

A video from the Lugansk parade: 

-- Pierre Vaux