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The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
Day 1258: July 29, 2017

Publication: Ukraine Liveblogs
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1 Ukrainian Soldier Killed, 6 Wounded; OSCE Monitors Follow Up on Reports of Civilian Casualties
Ukrainian spetsnaz training in Odessa Region. Screen grab from video by

At the military briefing today, Col. Andriy Lysenko said there were no casualties in the previous reporting period. 

But One Ukrainian soldier was killed and 6 were wounded later in the day on July 29, Ukrainska Pravda reported, citing the evening dispatch of the ATO [Anti-Terrorism Operation]. This was a fresh report that just happened to have identical casualty figures as July 27-28.

Fighting escalated along the front line. On the Mariupol line, 120-mm mortars were fired at ATO positions on the approaches to Krasnogorovka. There were mines near the Ukrainian position. The casualies cited occured as a result of the shelling of Krasnogorovka. The ATO said it would return fire despite the ceasefire in order to protect its troops.

Near Novotoshkovskoye, grenade-launchers were used. 

Earlier in the day in the morning dispatch, the ATO reported that the Lugansk line was the most active with attacks on Krymskoye with 120-mm mortars, grenade-launchers and fire arms. Grenade-launchers were fired at Novozvanivtsi.

On the Donetsk line, Avdeyevka and the Butovka Mine were attacked with greenade launchers/

The separatist news service reported that Ukrainian forces fired on Kriovsky District in the western area of Dolnetsk and damaged a home at no. 7 Gagarina Street. No pictures were provided.

The commander of the forces of the self-declared "Donetsk People's Republic" said the Ukrainian forces fired on "23 towns" a total of "54 times," and used mortar-launchers, BMPs, BTRs, grenade-launchers and small arms.

In its report for today, July 29, about July 28, the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission had information about civilian casualties:

The SMM followed up on reports by a Russian Federation officer of the Joint Centre for Control and Co-ordination (JCCC) of civilian casualties. At the Donetsk Kalinina Hospital, a middle-aged man told the SMM that he had been visiting his house on 34 Chkalova Street in “DPR”-controlled Staromykhailivka (15km west of Donetsk), where he no longer resided as it was close to the contact line. On the morning of 28 July, while in his garden, he had heard an explosion about 10m away and had run inside the house where he realized he had been injured to the chest and face. He said he had then called his family who took him to the hospital. An elderly woman’s son (middle-aged) told the SMM his mother had been injured while working in her garden at 9/1 Haharina Street, which was in the same area of Staromykhailivka as the house of the injured man. The son said he had been inside the house and had heard an explosion. A short while later his mother had walked in and told him she had been injured, after which he took her to the hospital. Medical personnel at the hospital told the SMM that the elderly woman and the middle-aged man had been treated there for shrapnel wounds on 28 July and both had been discharged.

The SMM followed up on a media report of a woman allegedly injured by a grenade in “DPR”-controlled Starobesheve (32km south-east of Donetsk). At the Starobesheve central hospital, medical personnel told the SMM a woman had been treated for injuries caused by a grenade, but was not in critical condition. They further alleged the incident had taken place in the woman’s home, but refused to provide any other information about the casualty and referred the SMM to inquire with “DPR” members.*

The OSCE also reported on damage to homes in separatist-held Dokuchayevsk by shelling from a westerly direction, which implies the shelling came from the Ukrainian side:

The SMM followed up on Russian Federation officers’ reports of damage caused by shelling at six locations in “DPR”-controlled Dokuchaievsk (30km south-west of Donetsk). At 16 Nezalezhnosti Ukrainy Street, the SMM saw two fresh impact sites at a hotel, where Russian Federation officers of the JCCC stay. The SMM saw a small hole on a west-facing wall between the ground floor and the first floor windows, as well as plastic sheets replacing the glass of the first floor window. On the inside of the same wall, the SMM noted that a large piece of plaster was missing under that same window and the plaster mesh was exposed. In the courtyard of the same building the SMM saw a small hole in the plaster on a south-west facing wall at the first-floor level of the building. 

At an administrative building on 26 Nezalezhnosti Ukrainy Street the SMM saw a fresh small hole in the west-facing side of the marble cladding on the plinth on the south side of the concrete steps leading up to the main entrance. The SMM also saw a fresh hole in the plaster on the west-facing wall of the building, directly above a window.

At the top floor apartment in a three-storey building on 40/17 Tsentralna Street, on the exterior west-facing wall the SMM saw freshly broken plasterwork near a window and a fresh hole in the interior of the same wall, near the window frame (the window was not broken). A young woman, who presented herself as the owner of the apartment, told the SMM that no one had been home at the time of the incident.

At 27/15 Tsentralna Street the SMM saw a fresh hole less than 15cm away from a ground-floor window on the west-facing wall of a two-storey residential building.

At 7/14 Melnykova Street the SMM saw a fresh hole in the bricks at the ground-floor level and broken bricks next to a bricked-up window on the unoccupied top floor on a west-facing wall of a two-storey residential building. The SMM noted two windows on the same wall covered with plastic sheets and two residents of the building separately told the SMM the windows had been shattered at the same time as all other damage had occurred. The SMM saw two pieces of shrapnel on the ground, below the impact sites, one about 5cm and the other 3cm in size, which it assessed as remnants of at least one IFV (BMP-2) cannon round (30mm). Three residents of the building separately told the SMM the impacts had occurred on the night of 26 to 27 July.

The SMM assessed that all impacts at all locations had been caused by IFV (BMP-2) cannon rounds fired from a westerly direction.

At Kindergarten no.10, on 9A Zhovtneva Street the SMM saw scarring on the asphalt in the courtyard, to the west of the building. As the area appeared to have been cleaned the SMM was unable to assess weapons used or direction of fire. The kindergarten administrator (a middle-aged woman) told the SMM that the area had been cleaned the previous day and that the incident had occurred in the late evening hours on 26 July when the facility was unoccupied. She also said she had heard shelling that evening and that staff had cleaned up the impact site before the start of classes on 27 July. She told the SMM that up to 70 children attend on a daily basis and their activities were currently limited to the section of the courtyard to the east of the building and that a basement area had been turned into a shelter in the event of shelling.

There was a report on social media of a separatist fighter killed at Gorlovka around July 28, 2017. 

Translation: Motylyuk, Grigory Grigoryevich (Gorlovka, 04/04/78) became #cargo200 [KIA] ~28/07/17

-- Catherine A. Fitzpatrick 

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