Ukraine Day 1183: LIVE UPDATES BELOW.
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Over the previous week, four Ukrainian service members were killed and another 33 were injured, according to the Ukrainian military. Another soldier died from wounds sustained in the last week in April. Five civilian homes were destroyed. Concerningly, multiple-launch-rocket-systems (MLRS) were used on five occasions.
The situation on the frontline did not change much compared to the previous week. Russian proxies continued indirect fire attacks of Ukrainian positions and provocative cease-fire violations with small arms all across the contact line. “Ukrainian Armed Forces recorded 5 instances when the enemy used MLRS, whereas a week earlier the militants used rocket artillery only once. Svitlodarsk, Avdiivka and southern part of the Mariupol sector came under heavy enemy fire”, stated Vilyen Pidgornyy, Ministry of Defense spokesperson at a press briefing at Ukraine Crisis Media Center. Overall, the number of ceasefire violations ranged between 37 on Wednesday, May 10, and 70 the day earlier – Tuesday, May 9.
Last week, Russian occupation administration in Donbas organized Victory Day celebrations on May 9. “Russian proxies in violation of the Minsk agreements staged a military parade with heavy weapons in the cities closely located to the front line. Although it had been announced that the commanders of the so-called “regiments” and “brigades” would lead ceremonial formations, the Ukrainian military intelligence identified that the formations were led by deputy commanders. It was done in order to conceal the presence of Russian troops in Donbas, as the real commanders of the so-called “regiments” and “brigades” are Russian regulars”, Mr. Pidgornyy said.
— James Miller