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Ukraine Live Day 471
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The Interpreter
@Interpreter_Mag
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
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In our last update below we noted that, according to the Ukrainian military, 10 Russian-backed troops have been killed, four of which were Russian GRU Spetsnaz (Special Forces) soldiers, and more than 80 separatist fighters were wounded.

Now the separatists themselves are saying that they suffered even higher casualties than this:

RIA Novosti reports (translated by The Interpreter):

Russian-backed separatists have lost 14 fighters and 86 have been wounded in today's fighting, Eduard Basurin, deputy commander of the forces of the self-proclaimed "Donetsk People's Republic" (DNR), RIA Novosti reported.

Baturin told journalists today that 18 of the 86 were "severely wounded."

100 casualties is a significant number, a clear indication of the scope of today's fighting. To put things in perspective, on a typical day over the last several months the Ukrainian military reports less than a dozen casualties across the entire country.

-- James Miller, Catherine A. Fitzpatrick