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Ukraine Live Day 502
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The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
Ukraine Reports One Soldier Killed, Two Wounded Over Last 24 Hours
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Ukrainska Pravda reports that Andriy Lysenko, spokesman for the Presidential Administration on the military operation in the south-east, has announced this afternoon that one Ukrainian soldier has been killed and two wounded over the past 24 hours.

The Interpreter translates:

"In the Lugansk area, we're observing a step-up bythe militants' diversionary and reconnaissance groups. Ukrainian troops once again demonstrated their professionalism and repelled an attack by a group of 10 militants near Schastye," said the spokesman for the PA.

"The enemy conducted three shelling attacks on our positions near Novotoshkovskoye with 120 mm mortars, and at night used 152 mm artillery against ATO forces located close to Tryokhizbenka," noted Lysenko.

He reminded [reporters] that the enemy is more frequently using heavy-calibre weapons at night, so as to avoid attracting the attention of OSCE observers and other bodies monitoring the implementation of the Minsk agreements.

"In the Donetsk area, the epicentre of military activity was the village of Opytnoye, not far from Donetsk Airport. The enemy pounded with 120 mm mortars, 122 and 152 mm artillery, and used armoured vehicles and their snipers from the morning until 21:00," said Lysenko.

Peski, Marinka, Krasnogorovka, Snzharovka and Troitskoye came under fire. There was also unrest on the outskirts of Gorlovka, in particular Mayorsk.

It was relatively calm in the Mariupol area. Throughout the whole day the militants violated the ceasefire twice. All the same, they used banned 120 mm mortars against ATO forces located near Novotroitskoye [north of Volnovakha on the Donetsk-Mariupol highway].

Earlier this morning, the ATO Press Centre claimed that Russian-backed forces had conducted 37 attacks over the last 24 hours, 16 of which took place between midnight and 18:00.

In addition to the incidents mentioned by Lysenko, the ATO Press Centre reported attacks on Stanitsa Luganskaya, Krymskoye, and Troitskoye in the Lugansk region.

The Press Centre also claimed that, in addition to the 120 mm mortars reported by Lysenko, Russian-backed forces had used tanks and 122 mm artillery in several attacks against Ukrainian positions near Novotoshkovksoye on the Bakhmutka highway.

In the Donetsk region, the ATO Press Centre reported attacks near Rassadky, south-east of Artyomovsk.

In turn, the 'defence ministry' of the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic claimed today that Ukrainian forces had conducted 27 attacks since yesterday morning.

According to the separatists, Ukrainian forces fired 101 shells from 82 and 120 mm mortars as well as using anti-tank weapons, anti-aircraft guns and grenade launchers.

The separatists reported that parts of the city of Donetsk, Dokuchaevsk, which lies north-east of Novotroiskoye, and Gorlovka had been shelled.

-- Pierre Vaux