Ukraine Day 1241: LIVE UPDATES BELOW. One Ukrainian soldier was wounded in grenade fire; another Ukrainian soldier died of his wounds in battle near Zaytsevo.
Yesterday’s coverage of the Ukraine conflict can be found here.
In other news:
o Gerashchenko Calls on Mother of Captured Russian Soldier to Appeal to Putin for Pardon of Ukrainians
Irina Gerashchenko, first deputy vice speaker of the Verkhovna Rada called on the mother of Russian contract soldier Viktor Ageyev to appeal to President Vladimir Putin to parden Ukrainians including Oleg Sentsov held in Russia to unblock the process of freeing POWs in the Donbass, Gordonua.com reports. She noted the cases are not comparable as Sentsov is innocent and Ageyev was a combatant
Russian military authorities have denied Ageyev, captured by Ukrainian forces last month, was on active duty, although he himself and his documents have confirmed that he was.
o CPJ Criticizes Ukraine for Lack of Progress on Sheremet Murder Investigation
Authorities say Russia is the prime suspect, but the lack of progress in the case, coupled with evidence pointing to possible Ukrainian involvement, weaken Kiev’s credibility and suggest the need for an independent probe.
As Gordonua.com reports, the CPJ report explores motives for Sheremet’s murder that include his criticism of the Belarusian, Russian and Ukrainian governments.
The Belarusian leader Aleksandr Lukashenka has had a long-standing enmity against Sheremet and government or pro-government figures could have sought revenge for Belorusskiy partizan, a critical site founded by Sheremet.
In Ukraine, radical nationalists may have been attempting to create an atmosphere of fear and further control over independent media, or could be seeking revenge for his criticism of the failure of military reforms and nationalist military units.