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Ukraine Says It Has Attacked More Than 100 Rebel Positions
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RFE/RL reports that the spokesman for Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council, Andriy Lysenko, says that more than 100 rebel positions have been attacked by Ukrainian forces today. Four Ukrainian troops have been killed, but the ATO has recaptured three villages.

Interestingly, this means that despite the intensified ATO, the vast majority of Ukrainian soldiers died before this new offensive.

The Twitter account for the spokesman of the self-proclaimed 'Donetsk People's Republic' does not appear to contest that the separatists have been hit hard. Though there are certain claims that they deny (like the report that many insurgents have surrendered), mostly their Twitter account is posting claims that civilians and civilian buildings have been hit by shelling or airstrikes across eastern Ukraine.

One video they share was posted by LifeNews, a Russian news outlet with very close ties to Russia's security apparatus. LifeNews has reportedly taken this footage in Kondrashovka, near Lugansk, which shows widespread damage, reportedly inflicted by Ukrainian strikes today.

More video, reportedly from Lugansk:

Those videos have not been geolocated or verified.

However, Ukraine denies that the damage in at least one of the villages of Lugansk was done by their armed forces. Despite claims of civilian casualties, they say that their airstrikes were not conducted nearby, and their artillery was firing in a different direction. According to the statement published by 112.ua, Kiev is blaming the separatists for the shelling that is killing civilians.