2 Ukrainian Soldiers Killed, 1 DNR Militant Killed, 16 Ukrainian Soldiers Wounded; DNR Attacks Apartments in Avdeyevka

March 11, 2017
9-storey apartment building in Avdeyevka (Avdiivka) shelled by Russia backed forces, March 11, 2017. Video by Vlad Makhovskiy

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2 Ukrainian Soldiers Killed, 1 DNR Militant Killed, 16 Ukrainian Soldiers Wounded; DNR Attacks Apartments in Avdeyevka

The escalation of the war in southeastern Ukraine is now coming to the attention more of Western media.

Today, March 11, AFP reported:

Ukraine’s army reported Saturday two soldiers killed in clashes with Russian-backed rebels, in a new uptick in violence across eastern Ukraine.

Ukrainian military spokesman Andriy Lysenko told reporters that two servicemen were killed and another 16 wounded in the past 24 hours, accusing insurgents of using heavy weapons against government troops.

A rebel spokesman in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic meanwhile said that one of its fighters had been killed, the rebels’ news agency reported.

The latest casualties along eastern Ukraine’s volatile frontline come despite the warring sides announcing a truce deal in February that has failed to stop the violence entirely.

The Donetsk News Agency (Dan-News), the pro-DNR news service, quoted self-styled deputy DNR ommander Eduard Basurin confirming that one DNR soldier was killed. 

In its 6:00 am post, the ATO reported 107 incidents of shelling in the previous 12 hours. Two soldiers were killed, 9 troops were wounded, 7 were concussed in the previous period. At 18:00, 39 attacks were reported during the day, and there were no further casualties.

On the Mariupol line, Russia-backed militants fired 122-mm artillery on Vodyanoye and and Gnutovo. A tank and 120-mm mortar were fired on Maryinka; 82-mm and 120-mm mortars were fired on Vodyanoye, Nikolayevka, Krasnogorovka, Talakovka, Pavlopol, and Gnutovo; grenade-launchers and heavy machine guns as well as small arms were used on Taramchuk, Shirokino, Pavlopol and Vodyanoye. A BMP fired on Vodyanoye as well.
During the day, 122-mm artillery were also fired on Nikolayevka; 120-mm mortars and a BMP fired on positions near Maryinka; mortars were also fired on nearby Slavnoye. Grenade-launchers and small arts were used to attack the area of Gnutovo, Pavlopol, Shirokino, and Vdoyanoye.
On the Donetsk line, tanks and mortar were fired near Avdeyevka. Various calibers of mortars were fired on Kamenka, Nevelskoye, Zaytsevo, Novoluganskoye, the Butovka mine, and Luganskoye. Grenade-launchers and firearms were used on Opytnoye, Novgorodskaya, Kamenka, the Butovka mine, Zaytsevo and Peski. A BMP fired on Luganskoye.
On the Lugansk line, Grads were used as well as 82-mm, 120-mm and 152-mm mortars. Anti-tank systems were fired on Krymskoye; 152-mm artillery was fired on Smolyaninovo; snipers were active near Novoaleksandrovka. Grenade-launchers and small arms were used on Valuyskoye, Novozvanovka, Novoaleksandrovka.

During the day, mortars were used to attack Boguslavskoye, Novoaleksandrovka, Katerinovka, Popasnyaya and Krymskoye.

Social media reports appeared of Russia-backed forces shelling an apartment building in Avdeyevka (Avdiivka). 

Translation: Avdeyevka, Mar 11, Putin’s fired on a 9-story building. Video

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Влад Маховский posted a video to his timeline.

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Mar 12, 2017 08:59 (GMT)

In the video posted by the Facebook user Vlad Makhovskiy, a male voice recounts how people were inside the Church of the Awakening, when they heard shell fire and then recorded the shelling of the nearby apartment building as they prayed no one would be hurt. No casualties were reported.

Lugansk News Today geolocated the video. The green camera icon is on the Church of the Awakening.

— Catherine A. Fitzpatrick