2 Ukrainian Soldiers Killed; 4 Wounded; 35 Attacks by Russia-Backed Forces

March 16, 2017
Home damaged in Vodyanoye. Screen grab from video by Ukrainian military TV, March 16, 2017

Ukraine Day 1123: LIVE UPDATES BELOW. Two Ukrainian soldiers were killed and 4 wounded near Lobachevo in Lugansk Region.

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2 Ukrainian Soldiers Killed; 4 Wounded; 35 Attacks by Russia-Backed Forces

The ATO [Anti-Terrorist Operation] reported that two Ukrainian soldiers were killed and 4 wounded today, according to preliminary information as a result of 82-mm mortar shelling of the position of a Ukrainian mechanized brigade near Lobachevo in Lugansk Region
In its 18:00 dispatch, the ATO said 35 attacks were made throughout the day on its positions.
On the Mariupol line, grenade-launchers, a BMP and 120-mm mortars were fired near Novotroitskoye and near Vodyanoye, 122-mm artillery was used. Positions at Krasnogorovka were attacked with 82-mm mortars; SPGs [anti-tank grenade-launchers] and machine guns were used on Gnutovo and small arms were fired at Shirokino.
On the Donetsk line, 122-mm artillery and mortars were fired near Troitskoye and 82-mm mortars were fired on Avdeyevka; 120-mm mortars were fired near Kamenki and SPGs and 82-mm mortars were fired on Zaytsevo; snipers were also active near Novgorodskaya and Avdeyevka.
On the Lugansk line, 120-mm  mortars were fired near Krymskoye and small arms and SPGs were fired near Novozvanovka; heavy machine guns were fired on Novozlaksandrovka.
Ukrainian Military TV posted a video showing damage to civilian homes in Vodyanoye.

The pro-separatist news service DAN-Info reported that four homes in the villages of Sakhanka and Kominternovo (Pisky) were damaged by Ukrainian shell fire, although current pictures were not provided.

DAN-Info also reported Ukrainian shelling of Leninskoye, Yakovlevka near Yasinovataya, the Donetsk Airport and the Volvo Center in the north of Donetsk, from 152-mm, 120-mm, and 82-mm mortar-launchers and tank weapons.

— Catherine A. Fitzpatrick¬†