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Ukraine Live Day 412
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The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
Six Ukrainian Troops Killed Today
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Six Ukrainian troops were killed today, AFP reports.

Six Ukrainian troops were killed by landmines in the restive separatist-held east Sunday, breaking a lull of several days in a conflict that began a year ago this week.

After weeks in which a shaky ceasefire deal appeared to be largely holding despite isolated clashes, the fatalities brought to nine the number of soldiers reported dead within just 48 hours.

And Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko reiterated a call at the weekend for international peacekeepers to be brought in to try to help end the conflict.

"Unfortunately, six Ukrainian soldiers have been killed today," army spokesman Oleksandr Motuzyanyk told AFP.

Four soldiers died when their vehicle came under missile fire while crossing a bridge near the government-held village of Schastya, not far from the separatist bastion of Lugansk in the northeast.

Two other soldiers were killed by a mine near Mariupol.

Unian reported a statement from Motuzyanyk about the deaths in Mariupol and Schastye (translated by The Interpreter):

"Near the populated area of Shirokino today an all-terrain vehicle exploded on an anti-tank mine. Two Ukrainian servicemen were killed and one was wounded. He is in one of the hospitals in Mariupol now. It is known that all the servicemen belonged to the same motorized infantry battalion."


"Officers of the investigative operations group and servicemen are working at the site of the incident. According to preliminary data, it has been established that at the moment the vehicle with the servicemen was crossing the bridge in the city of Schastye, a shot was fired from a PTUR (anti-tank guided missile) from the direction of the [Russian-backed] fighters."

-- Catherine A. Fitzpatrick