Ukraine Day 1030: LIVE UPDATES BELOW.
There were no Ukrainian military casualties in the last 24 hours.
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LOT, the Lugansk Public Television, reported that the Russia-backed militants of the self-declared “Lugansk People’s Republic” had deployed military armor near Zolotoye, Liga.net reported.
Col. Motuzyanik also reported that last week, 21 Russia-backed fighters had been killed and 11 wounded, Liga.net reported.
Edvard Baturin, self-styled defense minister of the “Donetsk People’s Republic” does not appear to have confirmed these casualties in his briefings, nor has the DNR news site noted them. Baturin said there was less shelling of separatist positions, which he attributed to the visit to the region of Alexander Hug, head of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission. But he noted firing on Gorlovka, Zheleznaya Balka, Shirokaya Balka, Yasinovataya, Spartak, Aleksandrovka, Kominternovo, Dokuchayevsk, Oktyabrskoye, Leninskoye, Sakhanka, Trudovskiye, and Petrovsky District in Donetsk.
OSCE remains concerned about the lack of heat and water access in the Donbass as the third winter of the war approaches, Unian reported.
His wife said that Beyazykov was forced to simulate recruitment of other POWs to the DNR side under threats against his life; he witnessed another prisoner murdered by DNR fighters while interned.
— Catherine A. Fitzpatrick