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Published in Stream:
Day 826: May 23, 2016
Press by
The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
Heavy Fighting In The Donbass Yesterday; 2 Ukrainian Soldiers Killed, 3 Wounded
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The level of violence spiked again yesterday in the Donbass, with Kiev reporting 31 attacks by Russian-backed fighters, killing two Ukrainian soldiers and wounding three.

Colonel Andriy Lysenko, military spokesman for the Presidential Administration, told reporters that one Ukrainian soldier had been killed and three wounded during mortar attacks on the Avdeyevka industrial park, northeast of Donetsk.

According to this morning's ATO Press Center report, Russian-backed fighters attacked Ukrainian positions in this area with 82 mm mortars, grenade launchers and heavy machine guns. 

Lysenko claimed that 240 mortar shells were fired on positions near Avdeyevka over the course of an hour. 

Another soldier died, the Lugansk Regional Military-Civil Administration reports, from wounds sustained during a grenade-launcher and small-arms attack near Schastye yesterday.

According to the report, Russian-backed fighters also conducted attacks near the villages of Krymskoye and Novozvanovka.

Meanwhile the Donetsk Regional Administration reports that three civilians were wounded over the weekend: one near Bakhmut (formerly Artyomovsk), and two in Avdeyevka. 

Avdeyevka was not the only suburb of Donetsk to be targeted. Military press officer Vladislav Voloshin told the 112 television channel this morning that positions near Nevelskoye, northwest of the separatist-held regional capital, were shelled last night with 120 mm mortars. 

Moving anti-clockwise around the city, the ATO Press Center reports that 82 mm mortars and anti-aircraft artillery were used to shell Ukrainian troops outside Krasnogorovka.

Fighting was also reported in Zaytsevo, north of Gorlovka.

But the worst fighting, the ATO Press Center claims, was seen in the south of the Donetsk region.

On the highway between Donetsk and Mariupol, Russian-backed fighters reportedly shelled Ukrainian positions near Novotroitskoye with 82 and 120 mm mortars. Fighting was also reported near Taramchuk, a little further up the highway.

Closer to Mariupol, there were multiple attacks, the heaviest of which were directed at Ukrainian marines defending the seaside village of Shirokino. 

Here both the ATO Press Center and locals, speaking to, report heavy artillery shelling. According to the reports, the Ukrainian troops were shelled by 152 mm self-propelled howitzers, apparently deployed in the nearby village of Sakhanka. 

Also in the vicinity of Mariupol, the military reports attacks near Pavlopol and Talakovka, just outside the port city.

In turn, sources in the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic (DNR) have told reporters that Ukrainian forces last night fired 162 shells at the northern outskirts of Donetsk as well as Sakhanka.

Furthermore, the DNR claims that Ukrainian forces have continued their attacks this morning, firing 104 shells near Donetsk, Dokuchaevsk (near Novotroitskoye) and Nikolaevka (northeast of Mariupol).

-- Pierre Vaux