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The Interpreter
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Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
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Day 1257: July 28, 2017

Publication: Ukraine Liveblogs
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1 Ukrainian Soldier Killed, 6 Wounded in Last 2 Days; Fighting Resumes; Battle at Maryinka

Ukrainian soldiers taking a wounded soldier to an ambulance earlier this month at the front line. Photo by ATO 

One Ukrainian soldier was wounded on Friday, July 28, Ukrainska Pravda reported, citing the ATO [Anti-Terrorist Operation] evening dispatch. Says the dispatch (translation by The Interpreter):


"This morning militants pounded our stronghold near Maryinka on the Mariupol line with grenade-launchers and firearms.As a result of the shelling, one of our soldiers was wounded."

Militants also opened fire on Talakovka from an armed BMP and attacked Gnutovo with mortar-launchers.

Mortars were also fired at Novotoshkovskoye on the Lugansk line, and on the Donetsk line, Kaminka was attacked with grenade-launchers, mortar-launchers and heavy machine guns.

Earlier in its morning dispatch, the ATO reported 1 Ukrainian soldier killed and 5 wounded in the previous reporting period, bringing the total for the last two days to 1 killed and 6 wounded.

The high number of casualties after a lull of a few days and no or fewer KIA or WIA indicated fighting had surged again. The ATO said "practically all along the line of contact" the Russia-backed fighters were violating the ceasefire.

On the Lugansk line, they fired on Popasnaya with 82-mm and 120-mm mortars and on Troitskoye with an armed BMP.

On the Mariupol line, ATO positions in Pavlopol and Vodyanoye were attacked with mortar fire and Talakovka was twice hit with grenade-launchers and small arms.

Avdeyevka on the Donetsk line came under fire from mortar-launchers, grenade-launchers and heavy machine guns for an hour and a half at night.

Once again, the Ukrainian military reported a high number of casualties among the Russia-backed separatists, saying 7 were killed and 8 wounded in the last 24 hours They said it was because they returned fire.

The information was not corroborated by separatist news services but the commanders of the self-declared "Donetsk People's Republic" do not always admit the number of casualties.

Catherine A. Fitzpatrick

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