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Ukraine Live Day 532
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The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
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Ukrainska Pravda reports that Colonel Andriy Lysenko, a military spokesman for the Presidential Administration, has announced that four Ukrainian soldiers have been killed and 15 wounded over the last 24 hours in the Donbass.

Lysenko said that there had been seven recorded cases of residential areas being shelled by Russian-backed forces yesterday.

Novosti Donbassa reports that the Lugansk Military-Civil Administration has announced that a traffic police officer was wounded when the village of Valuyskoye, near Stanitsa Luganskaya, was shelled last night with 122 mm artillery.

According to the Administration, Stanitsa Luganskaya itself was shelled between 21:30 and 1 am. 

Yaroslav Chepurnoy, press officer for the military headquarters in Mariupol, told that residential areas of Granitnoye, east of Volnovakha, were shelled three times last night with self-propelled artillery.

This strategically important area of the front line saw significant activity over the last 24 hours.


From 19:00, Ukrainian positions near Novogrigoryevka, Starognatovka and Bogdanovka were shelled with 120 mm mortars. To the south, near Nikolaevka, Ukrainian positions were attacked three times.

The attacks continued into today. 

At around midnight, 6 attacks were recorded in the Mariupol sector. From 0:30, Ukrainian troops near Starognatovka were shelled with 120 mm mortars and 122 mm self-propelled guns.

Ukrainian positions around Granitnoye were shelled with 120 mm mortars at 1:30 am. At around 4 am, 122 mm self-propelled guns shelled positions outside Novogrigoryevka.

The Ukrainian military's ATO Press Centre claimed this morning that, as of 6 am today, Russian-backed forces had conducted 99 attacks over the past 24 hours.

Ukrainian positions around Donetsk were subjected to heavy artillery fire, with 120 mm mortars used against positions near Peski, Avdeyevka, and Opytnoye. Tanks were also used against Ukrainian troops in Peski. 

At his press briefing at noon today, Colonel Lysenko reported further on fighting in other areas, notably Svetlodarsk (Svitlodarsk), south-east of Artyomovsk, Zolotoye, on the western fringes of the Lugansk region, and the Bakhmutka highway:

Lysenko also claimed that Russian-backed forces were concentrating forces south of Svetlodarsk, north-east of Debaltsevo:


-- Pierre Vaux