Ukraine Day 1158: LIVE UPDATES BELOW. Two Ukrainian soldiers were killed and four were wounded on the front today.
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A Ukrainian soldier inside a bunker in Shirokino on April 19, 2017. Photo by ATO.
Two Ukrainian soldiers from a mechanized brigade were killed today in shelling near Avdeyevka (Avdiivka) by Russia-backed forces, Ukrainska Pravda reported, citing the ATO [Anti-Terrorist Operation] dispatch. Militants used 82-mm mortars, grenade launchers and heavy machine guns in the attack.
o Power Out in Five Villages Around Avdeyevka
Zhebrivskiy noted that the Avdeyevka Coke Factory was running on its own generator, as was the city of Avdeyevka itself, with the exception of street lights, which were off. The Ukrainian Joint Center for Coordination and Control planned to raise the issue of securing a ceasefire to enable repairs in the morning.
o Press Conference on Casualties from Mines in Donbass
Officials estimated that about 700,000 hectares needed to be cleared of mines, and this might take 10-15 years to complete.