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Day 926: August 31, 2016
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The Interpreter
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Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
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Ukraine Reports Massive Shelling Across Front Line With Marked Increase In Lugansk Violence
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According to this morning's ATO Press Center report, Russian-backed fighters conducted 75 attacks yesterday, using heavy artillery across the front line.

Notably, the number of attacks in the Lugansk region, which usually sees fewer reported incidents, matched that reported near the traditional hotspots of Donetsk and Mariupol.

Yuri Klimenko, the deputy head of the Lugansk Regional Administration, reported that Russian-backed forces had carried out attacks all along the front line in the region, subjecting residential areas to "massive artillery strikes."

The worst of the shelling fell overnight on the town of Schastye, where a 31-year-old nurse received severe head injuries from shrapnel. Klimenko said that doctors are currently working to save her life.

According to Klimenko, the town was shelled with 120 mm mortars, burning one house to the ground and leaving several others and a church damaged. 

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Elsewhere in the region, the ATO Press Center reported that Russian-backed forces used 152 mm artillery to shell Novozvanovka and Novoaleksandrovka, and 122 mm artillery to bombard the outskirts of nearby Popasnaya.

Mortars and grenade launchers were also used in attacks near Stanitsa Luganskaya, northeast of the separatist-held regional captial, while lighter attacks were reported near Krymskoye and Zolotoye.

In the Donetsk region, the ATO Press Center reported continued heavy fighting near Donetsk city, Gorlovka and Mariupol.

Colonel Andriy Lysenko, military spokesman for the Presidential Administration, told reporters at a briefing today that one Ukrainian soldier had been wounded by enemy fire near Peski, north of Donetsk.

But while Lysenko claimed that no Ukrainian servicemen had been killed, Dmytro Kotsyubaylo, commander of the first independent assault company of the Pravyi Sektor Volunteer Corps (DUK), reported on Facebook this morning that a member of his unit had died.

According to Kotsyubaylo, Yevhen Voroshilo from Dnipropetrovsk, a veteran Ukrainian soldier who had served on several foreign peacekeeping missions, was killed "on the front line near Donetsk by a sniper's bullet."

The Ukrainian military reports mortar shelling across the front line from Peski to Luganskoye, east of Gorlovka.

To the west of Donetsk, Russian-backed forces reportedly fired more than 50 122 mm shells from self-propelled artillery on positions in Krasnogorovka.

Those in neighbouring Maryinka came under fire from BMP infantry fighting vehicles, grenade launchers, heavy machine guns and small arms.

Meanwhile the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic (DNR)claims that a civilian male, born in 1986, was killed last night by Ukrainian shelling in Yasinovataya, northeast of Donetsk city.

Four other civilians - two men and two women - were, the DNR says, wounded in Yasinovataya and the southwestern Donetsk suburb of Aleksandrovka.

In the south, Ukrainian military press officer Ivan Chmil told the 112 television channel that marines in the seaside village of Shirokino had come under massive bombardment from 152 mm self-propelled artillery, in addition to 82 mm mortars and BMP cannons.

Just to the west of Shirokino, Chmil reported 120 mm mortar fire on positions in Lebedinskoye and Vodyanoye, with the latter receiving 45 shells over the course of the day. To the northeast of Mariupol, Russian-backed forces reportedly shelled positions near Talakovka 20 times with 82 mm mortars.

On the highway between Mariupol and Donetsk another 20 82 mm mortar shells fell near Taramchuk.

To the east, Chmil reported heavy fighting near Starognatovka, on the front line the River Kalmius.

Against this backdrop, President Petro Poroshenko is visiting Mariupol today. Local media report that security has, as one would expect, been tightened in the port city.

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-- Pierre Vaux