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Day 954: September 28, 2016
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The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
Ukraine Reports 35 Attacks Yesterday; Unconfirmed Reports Of One Soldier Killed
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The Ukrainian military reports 35 attacks by Russia-backed forces yesterday, including the use of heavy mortars and armored vehicles.

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According to this morning's ATO Press Center report, there were 23 attacks to the west and south of separatist-held Donetsk, six to the north or east, and another six in the Lugansk region.

The military claims that Ukrainian positions in Avdeyevka, north of Donetsk, were shelled with 82 and 120 mm mortars, as well as coming under fire from grenade launchers, machine guns and snipers.

There were corresponding reports on social media last night:

Translation: Donetsk. Schetinina. Can hear salvos from the direction of [separatist-held] Yasinovataya [just southeast of Avdeyevka].

On the Azov coast, the ATO Press Center reports that Ukrainian troops in the village of Shirokino came under fire from BMP infantry fighting vehicles, in addition to grenade launchers and machine guns.

While Colonel Andriy Lysenko, spokesman for the Ministry of Defense, told reporters today that there had been no Ukrainian military casualties within the last 24 hours, there are unconfirmed reports that one Ukrainian soldier was killed yesterday.

Translation: Yesterday on the Svetlodarsk line a soldier from the 54th Brigade, of the Pravyi Sektor company, my friend Patron, was killed. Sleep peacefully. #GlorytoUkraine #Heroesdon 'tdie.

Translation: Today a real man, a beloved father and husband, a patriot - Valeriy Vakhnenko "Patron" - was killed while fulfilling his duties. Such grief. At war since 2014.

While some of the reports say that Vakhnenko was killed near Svetlodarsk, east of Gorlovka, a post on a Facebook community group from his home town of Nova Kakhova, in the Kherson region, says that he was killed on the front line near Stanitsa Luganskaya, northeast of separatist-held Lugansk city.

There is no official confirmation of Vakhnenko's death so far. 

According to the ATO Press Center, Russia-backed forces attacked positions near Stanitsa Luganskaya yesterday with grenade launchers and small arms.

The town is one of three "disengagement areas" proposed in a draft deal signed earlier this month at the Minsk peace talks. 

Yesterday the governor of the Lugansk region, Yuriy Harbuz, said that withdrawing Ukrainian troops from the front line in this area would lead to the loss of the town to Russia-backed forces. 

Last night, Harbuz told Hromadske TV that residents of Stanitsa Luganskaya were preparing to protest against the proposed withdrawal of troops.

Meanwhile the Russia-backed separatists in Lugansk accused Ukrainian forces in Stanitsa Luganskaya of attacking their positions on the banks of the Seversky Donets river last night with BMP-2s, grenade launchers and machine guns.

-- Pierre Vaux