Ukraine Day 1143: LIVE UPDATES BELOW. Six Ukrainian soldiers and one civilians were wounded today by Russia-backed shelling.
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A soldier walks by an improvised lean-to at the Ukrainian position near Gorlovka. Screen grab from video uploaded April 5, 2017 by Ukrainian military.
Five Ukrainian soldiers were wounded in battle over night, according to a report from Liga.net citing the daily briefing by Col. Andriy Lysenko, Defense Ministry spokesman.
In its evening dispatch at 18:00, the ATO reported another soldier was wounded, bringing the total for this 24-hour period to 6.
“Despite the introduction of a ceasefire regimen on the line of combat contact, the intensity of enemy shelling in the last days has once again risen. The enemy violated the quiet regimen 54 times in the ATO area. Of these, brief shell fire of key regions of defense on the Donetsk and Mariupol lines were struck 4 times, and also provoked clashes with Ukrainian soldiers.”
On the Lugansk line, Russia-backed forces opened fire 4 times at ATO positions; three in the Novoaydar district and once from a sniper rifle in Troitskoye near Popasnyaya. “These were short bursts of shelling, during day-time hours, and were of a provocative nature, said Lysenko.
After 16:00, a militant diversionary and reconnaissance group was active near Maryinka; Ukrainian forces opened fire and repelled the group. There were no casualties on the Ukrainian side from that encounter.
The ATO reported in its evening dispatch that there were 18 additional attacks on Ukrainian positions, notably from 82-mm mortars, heavy machines guns and small arms on Avdeyevka. Grenade-launchers and small arms were used on Vodyanoye. Heavy machine guns were fired on Peski and Zaytsevo; a sniper was also active near Peski.
On the Mariupol line, militants used 82-mm mortars, grenade-launchers and small arms to attack Ukrainian positions at Krasnogorovka and heavy machines guns as well as grenade-launchers and small arms on Pavlopol and Vodyanoye.
On the Lugansk line, 120-mm mortars were fired on Sizoye; Ukrainian forces did not return fire.
— Catherine A. Fitzpatrick
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