2 Ukrainian Soldiers Wounded; 2 Civilians, 11 and 25, Injured By Mines

July 5, 2017
A home in Stanitsa Luganskaya with a sign warning of mines, September 17, 2016. Photo by ATO

Ukraine Day 1234: LIVE UPDATES BELOW. Two Ukrainian soldiers were wounded in battle today. The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission reported two civilians, ages 11 and 25, injured by mines in the previous days.

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

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2 Ukrainian Soldiers Wounded; 2 Civilians, 11 and 25, Injured By Mines

Ukrainian soldiers at the front line. Photo by Liga.net 

Two Ukrainian soldiers were wounded today and none in the previous reporting period, Liga.net reported, citing the ATO [Anti-Terrorist Operation].

There were 13 attacks by Russia-backed forces on Ukrainian positions in the previous reporting period and 5 today.

An 11-year-old boy was wounded evidently by a mine he picked up near a Russia-backed separatist training ground in Lugansk.
Doctors operated on his abdominal cavity to remove shrapnel, the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission reported, according to Liga.net.
In its July 5 dispatch for July 4, OSCE SMM reported on two civilians injured by mines:

In Luhansk city, the SMM visited a children’s hospital and spoke with the mother of an 11-year-old boy. She told the SMM that on 3 July her son had been playing near a shooting range close to their house in the south-eastern part of Luhansk city and that he had picked something up off of the ground. She said it exploded in his hand and that on 3 July, he had undergone an operation. Medical staff at the hospital told the SMM that the boy had surgery on his abdomen and was in stable condition.

The SMM visited a hospital in government-controlled Bakhmut (formerly Artemivsk, 67km north of Donetsk) and spoke with a woman (19 years old) who said that she had been walking with her husband (25 years old) near railway tracks, where they had found what appeared to be a metal pipe about 15cm long with a wire wrapped around it. She said her husband had taken it with them to their house, where he had attempted to disassemble it, when she heard a loud explosion from the other room. The woman said she had called an ambulance and that her husband had received injuries to his chest, face and hands and that she suffered hearing problems. Medical staff at the hospital told the SMM that the woman and a 25-year-old man had been admitted on 2 July and were treated for injuries related to an explosion. The police in Bakhmut told the SMM that an investigation into the incident was ongoing.

In its evening dispatch, the ATO reported that fighting had lessoned along the front line although weapons banned under the Minsk agreement were still in use.

On the Maritime line, Ukrainian positions at Shirokino and Lebedinskoye were attacked with grenade-launchers.

On the Donetsk line, 120-mm mortars were fired at Ukrainian positions near Peski; Avdeyevka was attacked by grenade-launchers, heavy machine guns and small arms; a sniper was also active.

Liga.net also reported that the self-declared “Donetsk People’s Republic” is broadcasting propaganda into Ukrainian-held Avdeyevka, citing Sergiy Kostinskiy, a member of the Ukrainian National Council for Television and Radio Broadcasting.

— Catherine A. Fitzpatrick

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