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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 1512: April 10, 2018

Publication: Ukraine Liveblogs
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Four Ukrainian Soldiers Wounded in 2 Days; Four Civilians Missing; Merkel Says 'No Stable Peace' in Donbass

Testing of Olkha missile system. 

Russia-backed militants attacked Ukrainian positions 22 times, using 82-mm and 120-mm mortars, armed BMPs, heavy machine guns, anti-missile complexes, grenade-launchers and small arms, Liga.net reported. A sniper was active near Bodyanoye. One Ukrainian soldier was wounded.


Three Ukrainian soldiers were wounded and there were 35 attacks by Russia-backed militants, using 82-mm and 122-mm mortars, heavy machine guns, grenade-launchers and small arms. Near Vodyanoye, armed BMPs were used and a sniper was active near Peski.

Four civilians were declared missing, Liga.net reported, citing the ATO on its Facebook page. The four are residents of Peschanoye in the Stanitsa-Lugansky district of Lugansk Region and were driving a Niva Chevrolet.

OSCE monitors reported on a civilian woman at the hospital in Dokuchayevsk who said she was struck by a bullet while waiting for a bus at a checkpoint in Olenivka, controlled by Russia-backed forces, 23 km southwest of Donetsk.

OSCE monitors also reported on a visit to the morgue April 9 where Russia-backed forces said the body of a man in military dress who had been killed with a shot in the head was brought in April 6.

Russia-backed forces have stored armor at private homes, OSCE reported in its April 10 report:

In non-government-controlled areas, on 4 April, an SMM mid-range UAV spotted an anti-tank gun (MT-12 Rapira, 100mm) near Stavky (30km north of Donetsk). On 6 April the SMM saw eight self-propelled howitzer (2S1 Gvozdika, 122mm) near Manuilivka (65km east of Donetsk) and an SMM mid-range UAV spotted three tanks (two T-64 and one T-72) in the yards of houses in Verkhnoshyrokivske (formerly Oktiabr, 85km south of Donetsk) and two tanks (T-64) in Sosnivske (78km south of Donetsk). On 7 April, an SMM mini-UAV spotted six tanks (T-64) and three propelled howitzers (2S1) near Sofiivka (formerly Karlo‑Marksove, 40km north-east of Donetsk); the SMM saw seven self-propelled howitzers (2S1), seven tanks (T-72), seven multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS) (BM-21 Grad, 122mm), seven surface-to-air missile systems (9K35), and ten towed howitzers (five 2A65 Msta-B, 152mm, and five D-30 Lyagushka, 122mm) at an airfield on the south-eastern outskirts of Luhansk city (for previous observations, see SMM Daily Report 6 April 2018). On 9 April at the same location, the SMM again saw seven self-propelled howitzers (2S1), seven tanks (T‑72), seven multiple launch rocket systems (BM-21), seven surface-to-air missile systems (9K35) and ten towed howitzers (five 2A65 and five D-30).

According to Liga.net, the "Normandy Quartet" will meet without Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced. The group is so named for the leaders of France, Germany, Ukraine, and Russia, who first met in June 2014 at the 70th anniversary of the Normandy landing.


Liga.net reported that at a briefing with Chancellor Merkel in Berlin, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said there are currently 23 Russian servicemen in Ukrainian prisons for fighting in the war in the Donbass. "The slogan 'They're Not There' doesn't go over anywhere in the world, no one believes it," said President Poroshenko regarding the Russian military presence in Ukraine. On April 9, Merkel spoke on the phone with Putin regarding the proposal to have peace-keepers in the Donbass, the Minsk agreement, and gas issues between Kiev and Moscow.


Merkel said there was "no stable peace" in the Donbass but there was discussion of "those achievements that have managed to be made," Liga.net reported.

The Ukrainian military successfully tested the Olkha missile system, Liga.net reported.

-- Catherine A. Fitzpatrick

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