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The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
Day 1109: March 2, 2017

Publication: Ukraine Liveblogs
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The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
1 Ukrainian Soldier Killed, 9 Wounded, 1 Civilian Wounded; ICRC Delivers Water to Avdeyevka
A home damaged by shelling near the front line. Photo by ATO

Russia-backed militants made 78 attacks on Ukrainian positions, and fired Grad missiles on Vodyanoye near Mariupol as well as artillery.

One Ukrainian soldier was killed and nine were wounded in the past day, LiveMap reported. Yesterday's report was updated to two soldiers killed and four wounded.

One civilian, age 24, a resident of Zolotoye-4 in Popasnyansky District was injured by an explosive in shelling today, Lugansk Region police reported.

Some of the heavy shells have been documented, reported.

Homes in Maryinka and Krasnogorovka (Krasnohorivka) and a schoolyard in Avdeyevka (Avdiivka) were damaged.

Civilians in Avdeyevka uploaded a video in which repeated shelling can be heard, sometimes shaking their building.

Shelling in Avdiivka today

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Yesterday, May 1, a pump station and a repair shop were damaged as well as water lines serving Popasnyaya and Zolotoye.

On the Mariupol line, in addition to the Grad missiles, mortars were fired on Gnutovo and Vodyanoye and grenade-launhers and small arms were used on Shirokino, Starognatovka, Lebedinskoye, Maryinka

On the Lugansk line, militants fired 152-mm artillery on Novozvanovka and mortars on Novoaleksandrovka, Novozvanovka, Katerinovka, Krymskoye and Malinovoye.

On the Donetsk like a tank and 82-mm and 120-mm mortars were used to attack avdeyevka and the Butovka mine. Optynoye, Peski, and Kamenka were attacked with grenade-launchers; a BMP fired on Luganskoye and small arms on Nevelskoye.

A sniper fired on Kamenka and Novgorodskoye; anti-aircraft systems were used on Troitskoye and Avdeyevka.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) delivered 18 tons of water to Avdeyevka today to address shortages brought on by intense shelling, reported, citing the Facebook page of the ministry for issues of the temporarily-occupied territories and internally-displaced persons.

Other foreign relief groups People in Need and the Adventist Agency for Relief and Development will bring more water tomorrow, the ministry reported. About 50 tons of bottled water are expected to be delivered from other Ukrainian cities as well.

Avdeyevka has about 2,800 cubic meters of water left mainly in the old part of the city where stores are located.

The ministry also reported that the Donetsk Filtration Station has been de-mined, and now chlorine is being brought in to purify the water.

The Russian delegation to the JCCC provided written guarantees that a "quiet regime" would be maintained in the area of the station to enable the de-mining.

-- Catherine A. Fitzpatrick

The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
11 Ukrainian Miners Killed, At Least 14 Injured in Mine Explosion in Lviv Region

Eight Ukrainian miners were killed in a cave-in at the Stepnaya Mine No. 10 owned by Lvovugol in the village of Glukhov, Sokal District in Lviv Region, Unian reported.

Meanwhile, Mihaylo Volinets, head of the Independent Miners' Union confirmed that 11 had been killed. 

Civic Chervonohrad has released eight of the names of those killed, including the supervisor, engineer and six miners, Unian reported. The youngest was 19; the oldest was 42

Fourteen miners were hospitalized in the Chervonohrad Central City Hospital; two are in critical condition in the ER, 11 are in surgery and one in the trauma unit.

All the remaining miners have been evacuated from the mine.

Law-enforcers have opened a criminal case, and a special commission has been formed to investigate the accident, which was believed to have started with a methane explosion.

Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman has flown to the region.

President Petro Poroshenko has announced a day of mourning and ordered a review of all tools and procedures in Ukraine's mines for safety.

The accident comes at a time when a "state of emergency" has been declared in Ukraine's energy sector in connection with a blockade of deliveries of coal and other raw materials needed for Ukraine's manufacturing. While the Ukrainian government opposes the blockade, it has persisted even in the face of physical attacks.

-- Catherine A. Fitzpatrick