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Published in Stream:
Day 907: August 12, 2016
Press by
The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
One Ukrainian Soldier Killed, Four Wounded, While Separatists Report Civilian Death
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One Ukrainian soldier was killed and four wounded yesterday as Kiev reports 42 attacks by Russian-backed forces in the Donbass.

Colonel Oleksandr Motuzyanyk, military spokesman for the Presidential Administration, did give any further details on the casualties during his daily briefing today.

According to this morning's ATO Press Center report, the heaviest fighting was again seen in the south, near Mariupol.

The Ukrainian military claims that Russian-backed forces used 120 and 82 mm mortars, along with grenade launchers and heavy machine guns, to attack positions near Shirokino, where fire from infantry fighting vehicles was also reported, Vodyanoye and Pavlopol, as well as Taramchuk, on the highway to Donetsk.

Ukrainian positions near Talakovka, Starognatovka and Beryozovoye were reportedly attacked with machine guns. 

In the Donetsk area, the report says that Russian-backed forces shelled positions in Avdeyevka with mortars and grenade launchers.

There was further heavy fighting near Svetlodarsk and Luganskoye, east of Gorlovka, with the military reporting 120 and 82 mm mortar attacks and the use of anti-aircraft artillery.

To the east, in the Lugansk region, the ATO Press Center reports that positions near Popasnaya were shelled with 82 mm mortars, while those near Zhyoltoye, Novoaleksandrovka and Novozvanovka were attacked with grenade launchers.

Military spokesperson Irina Baranova reported further attacks between midnight and 6:00 this morning near Zaytsevo and Vodyanoye.

Meanwhile, following Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's order yesterday for Ukrainian military forces to placed on combat alert, the leader of the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic (DNR), Aleksandr Zakharchenko, has today declared that his Russian-backed forces are on full alert.

Zakharchenko said that the DNR expected a Ukrainian offensive to come in three possible directions, though he they were uncertain when it would come.

Earlier today the DNR claimed that a civilian man, born in 1938, had been killed by Ukrainian shelling in the western Petrovsky district of Donetsk.

-- Pierre Vaux