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Published in Stream:
Day 1480: March 9, 2018
Press by
The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
Ukrainian National Guardsman Killed by Sniper; Ukrainian Soldier Killed in Battle
3 years

Screen grab from video by SBU allegedly showing weapons in Vladimir Ruban's vehicle

Ukrainian National Guardsman Yuriy Lugovsky, b. 1994, of Chervonohrad, Lviv Region, call sign Baret, was killed by a sniper, reported.

A Ukrainian soldier was killed as well in an attack by Russia-backed forces, reported.

Militants fired on the Lugansk line with grenade-launchers and heavy machine guns, and on the Donetsk line with 82-mm mortars near Avdeyevka. reported that on March 6, the OSCE reported an incident March 5 where a patrol of 6 members in two armored cars were headed east toward Kazatsky, 36 km to the northeast of Mariupol, and were stopped by a uniformed man bearing an AK-74. The fighter aimed his weapon at the mission's first vehicle.

The Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) has published a video claiming that Vladimir Ruban, an informal POW negotiator arrested at a checkpoint yesterday, intended to deliver weapons to the Russia-backed forces of the self-declared "Donetsk People's Republic" and that they were to be fired in Kiev.

A Kiev court ordered Ruban's arrest for 60 days without bail.

-- Catherine A. Fitzpatrick