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Ukraine Live Day 417
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The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
Ukrainian Military Reports Deteriorating Situation On Front Line
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The Ukrainian military has announced that the situation in the south-east has deteriorated, claiming that there were 21 attacks on Ukrainian positions after 18:00 last night.

The ATO press centre said that the attacks were most concentrated to the north of Donetsk, near Peski, Avdeyevka and Opytnoye, and the east of Mariupol, near Shirokino, Gnutovo and Pavlopol.

The Interpreter translates:

"During the militants' shelling, 120 mm mortars were used 12 times, which represents another gross violation of the Minsk agreements by the Russo-terrorist army," note the ATO headquarters.

Furthermore, near Avdeyevka, the militants shelled Ukrainian army positions with 122 mm artillery.

The criminals also fired from tanks near Avdeyevka and Pavlopol during the evening. 


Dmitry Gorbunov, press officer for the Mariupol military zone, told that Russian-backed fighters had brought tanks to the front line in that area after OSCE observers had left the area, and had significantly widened the geographic scope of their attacks.

He gave a detailed breakdown of last night's attacks in the area:

At 21:00 ATO forces' positions in Shirokino were subjected to shelling from 120 mm mortars.

At around 22:00, separatist fighters fired with tanks near the village of Pavlopol.

At 22:30 Gnutovo was fired on with heavy artillery.

At 23:30 mortar fire near Pavlopol.

Pavlopol was liberated by Ukrainian forces during an offensive on February 10, but by February 24, the village appeared to be back under the control of Russian-backed fighters


The press office of the governor of the Lugansk region, Hennadiy Moskal, announced that the focus of attacks in the region remained the area around the village of Krymskoye, north of the Bakhmutka highway, on the southern banks of the Seversky Donets river.

According to Moskal's office, throughout last night and into this morning there were repeated exchanges of fire between Ukrainian troops and Russian-backed fighters entrenched in Sokolniki, around 5 km east of Krymskoye.


The last skirmish ended today at 8:40. The press office said that assault rifles, heavy machine guns and grenade launchers had been used in the shoot-outs. The governor's office had no information on military casualties but reported no civilian casualties.

Andriy Lysenko, spokesman for the Ukrainian National Security and Defence Council announced at a briefing today that two Ukrainian soldiers had been wounded by tripwire mines near Svetlodarsk.

However there had been no combat losses over the last 24 hours, he claimed.

Lysenko also reported that 14 Russian UAV flights had been recorded over that same time period, and that three electronic warfare stations had been detected operating near Dokuchaevsk, near the front line on the Donetsk-Mariupol highway.

-- Pierre Vaux