1 Ukrainian Soldier WIA, 1 Concussed; 1 Civilian Wounded in Maryinka; 1 in Pikuzy, 1 Killed in Yasynuvata

June 22, 2017
Dangerously unstable bridge at Stanitsa Luganskaya is the only crossing available. Photo by OSCE SMM

Ukraine Day 1221: LIVE UPDATES BELOW. One Ukrainian soldier was wounded and one was concussed today; one civilian was injured in Maryinka. OSCE SMM confirmed that one civilian woman was killed yesterday and one wounded.

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

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1 Ukrainian Soldier WIA, 1 Concussed; 1 Civilian Wounded in Maryinka; 1 in Pikuzy, 1 Killed in Yasynuvata

One Ukrainian soldier was wounded in battle and one was concussed, Liga.novosti reported, citing the Anti-Terrorist Operation [ATO].
Russia-backed fighters attacked 35 times. On the Maritime line, during the day, there was no case of any firing with artillery greater than 100-mm. But grenade-launchers and small arms were fired on vodyanoye, Gnutovo, Talakovka, Maryinka and Krasnogorovka; 82-mm was used to attack Starognatovka. In the evening, Lebedinskoye was shelled.
The ATO reported that Russia-backed militants fired on civilian areas of Maryinka, citing local officials.
The self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic” (DNR) forces shelled Maryinka, 112.ua reported, citing local officials. One civilian woman was wounded. But the pro-DNR press claimed the shelling came from Right Sector fighters on the Kiev side.

Translation: Militants of the Right Sector have shelled Maryinka — Eduard Basurin. 

The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission issued a report today about its investigation yesterday of civilian casualties:

The SMM followed up on reports of a casualty in Pikuzy, confirmed the death of an elderly woman in Yasynuvata, and observed fresh impacts in Shchastia. On 20 June in “DPR”-controlled Pikuzy (formerly Kominternove, 92km south of Donetsk) three residents (women in their forties and fifties) told the SMM that a 19-year-old girl had died on the night of 18-19 June. They said they had known her since her early childhood and that she had recently finished studying in Mariupol and had since been living with her parents in Pikuzy. The three women were visibly upset, and told the SMM that continuous shelling in their village has had serious psychological impacts on them and other villagers. On 21 June in “DPR”-controlled Novoazovsk (101km south-east of Donetsk), a resident dealing with public matters told the SMM that a 19-year-old  girl had been hit in the head by shrapnel and died on the spot when she had gone outside the house on Pobeda Street in Pikuzy around midnight on 18-19 June. He said that her body had been found by her relatives some hours later. Medical staff in Novoazovsk district hospital told the SMM that her body had been brought to a morgue in “DPR”-controlled Starobesheve (32km south-east of Donetsk).
On 21 June, medical staff in a hospital in Yasynuvata told the SMM that an 81-year-old female resident of the town had passed away in the early morning of 21 June after the amputation of her left arm and leg and traumatic shock as a result of multiple shrapnel wounds. They said that she had been seriously injured by an explosion that had occurred in the garden of her house at 74 Babushkina Street at about 15:40 on 19 June, and that she had been treated in the intensive care unit of the hospital thereafter. (See SMM Daily Report, 21 June 2017.)

The implication here is that the shelling of civilians came from the Ukrainian side.

Following the attack on the OSCE monitors themselves, the OSCE continued the investigation. While the DNR claimed that this was a false-flag operation and said they had detained two men, no information has been provided since.

— Catherine A. Fitzpatrick 

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