Ukraine Day 1111: LIVE UPDATES BELOW. One Ukrainian soldier was killed, 9 were wounded and 2 suffered concussions in battle today, March 4, the ATO reported.
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Carboard box of TNT and ammunition found under the bridge in Shipilo, site of a blockade. Photo by lg.npu.gov.ua.
One Ukrainian soldier was killed, 9 were wounded and 2 suffered concussions in battle today, March 4, the ATO reported. Col. Andriy Lysenko also reported that yesterday March 3, one Ukrainian soldier and one officer of the Border Service were wounded.
He added that Russia-backed forces are using heavy artillery on all fronts, and reached nearly 100 attacks yesterday. The Mariupol area is the hardest hit, with 49 attacks yesterday.
Yesterday March 30, a 60-year-old resident of Volnovakha was killed from an explosive. The man happened to be the acting director of the Priyazov Geological Exploration Expedition and had left his workplace to run an errand when he was evidently hit by a grenade. Police are investigating the incident but believe it was an accident.
The Filtration Station’s chlorine line was knocked out of service on February 24 due to shelling by Russia-backed forces. Avdeyevka lost power as well as water service.
o Train Moves Ahead After More Than 2 Months’ Blockade; Blockades Continue Elsewhere; $3.5 Billion in Losses
Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman said today the blockade had already cost Ukraine $3.5 billion, and 75,000 people in the mining industry could lose their jobs, Liga.net reported. Reserves of anthracite coal were dwindling and could not be replaced quickly with imports.
Groysman said the blockade was “in Russia’s interests” because some plant directors were forced to buy coal from Russia.
“This is a direct challenge to the collective will of the 57 participating states of the OSCE. This incident is ironical since the so-called DNR is the first to pick up the bullhorn and demand the monitoring of shelling.”
There are reports of armor on the move.
The industrial zone is shelled nearly every day.
The DNR military spokesmen do not always admit casualties on their side. So Ukrainian bloggers glean reports from social media.
A soldier and DNR schoolteacher wrote on his Facebook page (translation by The Interpreter):
“It’s evening…friends…A f*ked evening…My war buddy was killed.The younger brother of my friend. A fierce Cossack, a real soldier.Zaytsevo…he hit a mine. He didn’t let the enemy come down, saying the hell with the possible unhappiness of the staff rats…Sleep in peace, brother. Eternal spring to you…We’ll met again.”
“While my brothers are perishing…in Gorlovka, vermin of all stripes are breeding and flourshing,” he said, selling drugs and contraband, stealing the DNR’s money and currying favor with the “gangbangers and lowlifes” who have settled in Moscow.
— Catherine A. Fitzpatrick