First Ukrainian Soldier Killed In Fighting Since Abortive December 24 Truce Effort

December 29, 2016
Ukrainian soldier at a front-line position yesterday. Screenshot from TSN video.

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First Ukrainian Soldier Killed In Fighting Since Abortive December 24 Truce Effort

A Ukrainian soldier has been killed in battle near Donetsk, just four days after another attempted truce came into effect.

According to the Ukrainian military, the soldier was killed at around 15:00 yesterday near the village of Krutaya Balka, northeast of Donetsk, during a clash with Russia-backed fighters.

The military claims that Russia-backed fighters withdrew after a skirmish lasting around 30 minutes.

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Later today, theĀ Ukrainian Ministry of Defense announced that another soldier had been killed and two wounded while clearing unexploded ordnance near Troitskoye.

MOD spokesman Colonel Oleksandr Motuzyanyk told reporters that there was still no news on two Ukrainian servicemen who were captured by Russia-backed forces in fighting near the Bakhmutka highway in the Lugansk region on Monday.

According to this morning’s report from the Ukrainian military, Russia-backed forces conducted 50 attacks yesterday.

This evening, the Ukrainian military reported a further 25 attacks between midnight and 17:00 today.

Meanwhile, the Russia-backed separatists in Donetsk announced today that one of their fighters had been killed by Ukrainian fire within the past 24 hours.

Eduard Basurin, deputy commander of the armed forces of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR), told reporters today that the fighter had been killed during a Ukrainian grenade-launcher attack on a position.

Basurin claimed that Ukrainian forces had fired on separatist-held territory 473 times over 24 hours, shelling the outskirts of Donetsk and Gorlovka, as well as villages near the Azov coast.

— Pierre Vaux