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Published in Stream:
Day 1100: February 21, 2017
Press by
The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
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Two Ukrainian soldiers were wounded in fighting yesterday.

Colonel Oleksandr Motuzyanyk, spokesman for the Ministry of Defense, said that both soldiers were wounded near the Butovka mine, an exposed position southwest of Avdeyevka.

Seven more Ukrainian soldiers were injured yesterday when their vehicle was damaged by an as-yet unidentified explosive device near Lebedinskoye, on the Azov coast east of Mariupol.

Colonel Motuzyanyk also reported that an officer in the Ukrainian State Border Service, Dmitry Teteykin, who was wounded by shelling in Avdeyevka on February 2, has died in hospital in Dnipro.

The Ukrainian military claims that Russia-backed forces conducted 74 attacks yesterday.

According to this morning's report, Russia-backed forces used mortars in attacks near Donetsk, Gorlovka and Mariupol. 

This video was purportedly filmed last night in separatist-held Dokuchaevsk, just northeast of Novotroitskoye. It appears to be new:
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This morning, the pro-separatist Donetsk News Agency (DAN) reported that Ukrainian forces had fired the nearby village of Yelenovka with BMP infantry fighting vehicle cannons and heavy machine guns, causing damage to several houses:
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The so-called Donetsk People's Republic (DNR) claims that at least eight homes were damaged in both Yelenovka and Dokuchaevsk.

Despite the continued fighting and shelling, the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense said today that negotiations on the simultaneous withdrawal of heavy weaponry from the front line were still underway.

DAN also reports that the DNR "operational command" has today stated that the Ukrainian military has confirmed their readiness to conduct an OSCE-monitored, synchronized withdrawal, possibly beginning as early as this evening, after delegates hold a video conference.

However the Ukrainian State Border Service reports that a Russian military vehicle joined the 60th 'humanitarian convoy' that entered crossed the border into separatist-held territory this morning.

According to the Service, a Russian military radiological, chemical and biological defense vehicle crossed the Ukrainian border near Matveyev Kurgan after the main convoy of trucks had passed through this morning.

While Ukraine and much of the international community has long condemned these convoys as violations of Ukrainian sovereignty, and Kiev has claimed that the trucks often carry armaments and supplies for fighters, the State Border Service singled out the  deployment of a CBRN vehicle as incompatible with the purportedly humanitarian nature of the mission.

The Russian government has yet to respond to the Ukrainian claim. This morning the Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations, which formally oversees the missions, claimed that the convoys entering Ukraine today consisted of 26 vehicles, carrying more than 300 tonnes of humanitarian aid.

-- Pierre Vaux