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Published in Stream:
Day 973: October 17, 2016
Press by
The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
Ukraine Reports 61 Attacks Yesterday: One Soldier KIA, Seven WIA
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One Ukrainian soldier was killed and seven wounded yesterday, as Kiev reports 61 attacks by Russia-backed forces.

Defense Ministry spokesman Colonel Andriy Lysenko told reporters today that one Ukrainian soldier had been killed and three wounded by an explosive device in the village of Novozvanovka, in the Lugansk region.

To the east, another soldier was wounded by enemy fire in the village of Krymskoye, while to the north of Donetsk city, two were wounded in Verkhnetoretskoye and another in Avdeyevka.

According to this morning's ATO Press Center report, Russia-backed forces used 122 mm artillery as well as mortars to shell Ukrainian positions in Maryinka, west of Donetsk. The nearby suburb of Krasnogorovka was shelled with 120 mm mortars.

To the north, mortars were used to shell positions in Verkhnetoretskoye and Troitskoye, where artillery fire was also reported.

To the east of Gorlovka, 120 mm mortar shells fell on positions near Luganskoye.

In the Lugansk region, 82 and 120 mm mortars were reportedly used, in addition to grenade launchers and machine guns, in attacks on the outskirts of Novoaleksandrovka, Krymskoye, Boguslavskoye, Novozvanovka and Orekhovo. Furthermore, the outskirts of Popasnaya were shelled with 122 mm artillery.

The OSCE reports that a team from their Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) came under fire near Zolotoye, northeast of Popasnaya, yesterday morning. 

At 11:52 from the SMM’s position within the perimeter of an observation post of Zolote, the patrol heard whistling past them, less than one second apart, what were assessed to be two heavy-machine-gun bullets, approximately 2m east of the patrol’s position. The SMM heard the bullets impact, at least one on the concrete observation post structure, but did not see the impacts. After hearing the impacts, the SMM took cover behind the west-facing wall of and inside the observation post structure. SMM vehicles were parked nearby. The patrol members were wearing clearly marked OSCE clothing (helmets and jackets with OSCE logos) and were accompanied by two Ukrainian Armed Forces officers at the Joint Centre for Control and Co-ordination (JCCC), who also took cover. The SMM patrol members then retreated to their vehicles and at 11:57 left the spot. The SMM could not determine the direction of fire.

The heaviest shelling was again reported in the south of the Donetsk region, near Mariupol on the Azov coast.

According to the Ukrainian military's report, Russian-backed fighters used 152 mm artillery to shell Vodyanoye and Lebedinskoye, east of the port city.

The ATO Press Center reported that an entire street in Vodyanoye has now been devastated. The village has been under heavy fire for most of the last week.

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A woman, born in 1938, was reportedly wounded during the shelling.

The military also reports that positions in the nearby village of Shirokino came under 120 mm mortar fire.  

Meanwhile the Russia-backed separatists in Donetsk claimed today that one of their fighters had been killed and three wounded within the last 24 hours.

According to Eduard Basurin, deputy commander of the armed forces of the so-called Donetsk People's Republic, Ukrainian forces fired on separatist-held territory 398 times yesterday, using artillery and mortars to shell the outskirts of Donetsk and Gorlovka, as well as villages to the east of Mariupol.

-- Pierre Vaux