Ukraine Day 1202: LIVE UPDATES BELOW.
Yesterday’s coverage of the Ukraine conflict can be found here.
The bloodshed has returned to Ukraine after one of the country’s least bloody weeks. Truth be told, however, that though ceasefire violations have been smaller in number over the last few days, the lack of casualties had more to do with luck.
At Friday morning’s briefing, the Ukrainian military was somewhat optimistic that a new June 1 ceasefire was taking hold.
That optimism is likely gone. At the Saturday morning briefing, the Ukrainian military reported that there had been 53 ceasefire violations over the previous 24 hours, a return to deadly form. Two Ukrainian soldiers were killed and five were wounded in the fighting.
“Almost half of ceasefire violations was recorded in the Mariupol sector, namely there were 25 militant attacks. In particular, the Ukrainian fortified positions near the village of Chermalyk repeatedly came under fire from 120mm mortars. The enemy also fired 82mm mortars on ATO positions near the town of Maryinka from the outskirts of the temporarily occupied Donetsk. Thus, at about 17:00 Kyiv time, several enemy mortar shells hit the residential area of Maryinka. As a result, two local residents were wounded,” the ATO HQ posted on Facebook.
In the Donetsk sector, the situation deteriorated in the past 24 hours. In particular, the enemy opened fire from 120mm and 82mm mortars and lighter weapons on Ukrainian strong points in the southern and eastern outskirts of Avdiyivka. Furthermore, the defenders of the village of Pisky were shelled from 120mm mortars and grenade launchers.
Ukraine reports 2 KIA's, 5 WIA's amid 53 enemy attacks in last day
Russia's hybrid military forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas 53 times in the past 24 hours with two Ukrainian soldiers reported as killed in action (KIA) and five as wounded in action (WIA), according to the press service of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters.
Militants shell school, houses in Krasnohorivka, civilian woman injured – JCCC
Russia's hybrid military forces fired 82mm mortars on residential areas and a school in the Ukrainian-controlled town of Krasnohorivka in Donbas, June 3, with one civilian woman reported as injured, the press center of the Anti-Terrorist Operation Staff published on Facebook, referring to the Ukrainian side to the Joint Center for Ceasefire Control and Coordination (JCCC).
Day in Donbas: 19 enemy attacks, 1 WIA
Russia's hybrid military forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas 19 times on June 3, with one Ukrainian soldier reported as wounded in action (WIA), according to the press service of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters. News 03 June from UNIAN.