1 Ukrainian Soldier Killed, 4 Wounded, 2 Concussed; Donetsk University Explosion; 1 Injured

June 30, 2017
An explosion went off at the Donetsk University of Economics and Trade on June 30, 2017.

Ukraine Day 1229: LIVE UPDATES BELOW. One Ukrainian soldier was killed, 4 were wounded, and 2 were concussed in the previous reporting period. There was an explosion at the Donetsk University of Economics and Trade, and a night guard was injured.

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

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1 Ukrainian Soldier Killed, 4 Wounded, 2 Concussed; Donetsk University Explosion; 1 Injured

Despite the “harvest ceasefire,” fighting continues, Liga.net reported, citing the ATO [Anti-Terrorist Operation].
If anything, fighting intensified and escalated along the front June 28-28, and militants were using more heavy artillery.
In the past reporting period, 1 Ukrainian soldier was killed, 2 were wounded and 2 more suffered concussions. There were 22 attacks on ATO positions and Ukrainian forces opened fire in return, but said they did not use heavier weapons banned by the Minsk agreement.
On the Maritime line, it was quieter but in the evening, Vodyanoye, Gnutovo, Talakovka and Pavlopol were struck, although not with the use of 100-mm mortars or higher. Mainly grenade-launchers, machine-guns and small arms were used.
On the Lugansk line, 82-mm mortars were used to attack Schastya and Popasnyaya; an anti-aircraft system and small arms were also used on Popasnyaya.
The Donetsk National University of Economics and Trade on Shevchenko Blvd collapsed in an explosion, evidently of an improvised device, Liga.net reported.

The university is at the center of Donetsk. The leadership of the self-declared “Donetsk People’s Republic” called the explosion “a terrorist attack”. A woman working as the night guard was injured.
The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission has reported that on the night of June 29, militants from the self-declared “Lugansk People’s Republic” fired on their position in Popasnaya using mortars and anti-aircraft systems, forcing the mission to evacuate.
On June 29, the mission was threatened with shooting by militants in Vesela Hora. 

— Catherine A. Fitzpatrick

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