2 Ukrainian Soldiers KIA and 6 WIA; Civilian Woman Wounded in Chermalyk; US Congress Members Visit Kiev

May 12, 2017
A house burned down in Stanitsa Luganskaya May 11, 2017, due to shelling by Russia-backed militants. Photo by Lugansk Region Military and Civilian Administration

Ukraine Day 1180: LIVE UPDATES BELOW. Two Ukrainian soldiers were killed and six wounded in action in the previous reporting period; one civilian woman was wounded from separatist gunfire.

Yesterday’s coverage of the Ukraine conflict can be found here.


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2 Ukrainian Soldiers KIA and 6 WIA; Civilian Woman Wounded in Chermalyk; US Congress Members Visit Kiev

Delegation of US Congress people meet with President Petro Poroshenko May 10, 2017. Photo by Presidential Administration. 

Col. Andriy Lysenko, spokesman on ATO issues for the Ukrainian Defense Ministry said 2 Ukrainian soldiers were killed and 6 wounded in action in the previous reporting period, Liga.net reported.

One of those killed was a sapper who was de-mining an area, and the others were killed by militants’ shelling.
A civilian woman from the village of Chermalyk in the Volnovakha District of Donetsk Region suffered leg wounds from gunfire while working in her garden, Liga.net reported.
Police said she was taken to the hospital in Mariupol.  They said her home was 300 meters from the line of contact and her garden is separated from the militants’ position by a river and field.
Most of the firing in the previous day was on Valuyskoye near Stanitsa Luganskaya, he said.
A private home in Stanitsa Luganskaya burned down due to separatist shelling yesterday, May 11, Liga.net reported, citing the Lugansk Region Military and Civil Administration.
Militants fired mortars on the Svetlodarsk Bulge and the Butovka mine.
Near Gorlovka, they used small arms and armor to attack Ukrainian positions outside the city.
On the Mariupol line, Pavlopol and Shirokino were struck by mortars; Krasnogorovka was hit by heavy arms and later small arms, grenade-launchers and armor.
Russia-backed forces are using 122-mm artillery banned by the Minsk agreement in Krymskoye and Shirokino, Liga.net reported, citing the ATO.
There were a total of 22 attacks during the day, Liga.net reported, citing the ATO’s evening dispatch.
Militants fired 120-mm mortars and automatic grenade-launchers as well as from a BMP near Krymskoye and Valuyskoye.

o US Congress People in Kiev

Irina Gerashchenko, vice speaker of the Verkhovna Rada and member of the humanitarian sub-committee invited US Congress people to come to the Donbass to see the effects of “Russia’s hybrid war,” Liga.net reported, citing her Facebook page.

The US legislators met May 10 with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who urged them to increase pressure on Russia to stop the war, and in particular to release POWs. Poroshenko expressed his condolences to the US delegation for the death of American OSCE monitor Joseph Stone from a mine explosion. 

Gerashchenko also raised the issue of sexual harassment by Russia-backed militants against OSCE monitors. 

— Catherine A. Fitzpatrick 

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