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Published in Stream:
Day 960: October 4, 2016
Press by
The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
One Ukrainian Fighter Killed, Another Wounded Yesterday In The Donbass
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Yesterday saw yet another day of violence in the Donbass, with one Ukrainian volunteer fighter killed and a soldier wounded.

Serhiy Kravchenko, a member of the Pravyi Sektor Volunteer Corps (DUK) and a former soldier with the 95th Airmobile Brigade, was killed yesterday evening.

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DUK commander Andriy Stempitskiy reported on Facebook today that Kravchenko had died in an "unequal fight" with a diversionary group of Russia-backed fighters.

According to a post on Kravchenko's units Facebook page, Kravchenko had been left the regular army after being wounded during the battle for Donetsk Airport and spent eight days in a coma. He subsequently joined the DUK to continue fighting.

At noon today, Colonel Andriy Lysenko, spokesman for the Ministry of Defense, announced that one Ukrainian serviceman had been wounded by enemy shelling in Zaytsevo, north of separatist-held Gorlovka.

The Ukrainian military's ATO Press Center claimed this morning that Russia-backed forces conducted 31 attacks yesterday. 

According to the report, Russia-backed forces largely restricted their choice of weaponry to grenade launchers, machine guns and small arms, in contrast to the last few days which have seen repeated use of mortars and even 152 mm artillery.

The one exception was an attack near Talakovka, just northeast of Mariupol, in which Ukrainian positions came under fire from BMP infantry fighting vehicles.

The Donetsk regional police reported that further attacks took place in the early hours of this morning. At 00:30 today, the police report that Russia-backed fighters fired on a residential area of Maryinka, southwest of Donetsk, damaging a school building.

In turn, Eduard Basurin, military spokesman for the Russia-backed separatists in Donetsk, today accused Ukrainian forces of firing on separatist-held territory 126 times over the last 24 hours.

According to Basurin, Ukrainian troops fired dozens of mortar rounds on the northern and northeastern outskirts of Donetsk city, also firing three tank shells.

Meanwhile OSCE-led efforts to establish demilitarized zones on the front line suffered another setback yesterday when Russia-backed forces redeployed to the Petrovskoye area, south of Donetsk.

While the OSCE reported on Sunday that one armored combat vehicle remained in this, one of three designated "disengagement areas," their team said that four BMP infantry fighting vehicles had indeed been removed from the separatist-held area.

However yesterday Reuters published photos, picked up by Ukraine's TSN, of Russian or Russia-backed separatist soldiers redeploying to Petrovskoye, along with several BMP-2 IFVs.

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The Ukrainian military last night reported that their own forces in the Petrovskoye area had come under fire from automatic grenade launchers.

-- Pierre Vaux