3 Ukrainian Soldiers Killed, 4 Wounded in Last 2 Days; 23 Attacks by Russia-Backed Fighters

July 19, 2017
A fortified beach with tank traps near Ukrainian positions at Shirokino in July 2017. Photo by ATO.

Ukraine Day 1248: LIVE UPDATES BELOW. Three Ukrainian soldiers were killed and four wounded in action today.

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3 Ukrainian Soldiers Killed, 4 Wounded in Last 2 Days; 23 Attacks by Russia-Backed Fighters

Two civilian males injured in Avdeyevka from Russia-backed shelling July 18, 2017. Photo by ATO. 

According to the 6:00 am dispatch by the ATO [Anti-Terrorist Operation], Russia-backed forces attacked 23 times today, mainly along the Donetsk line.

Two Ukrainian soldiers were killed and four were wounded in action in the previous reporting period and today one Ukrainian soldier was killed, bringing the total for the last two days to 3 KIA and 4 WIA.
From the direction of Yasinovataya and Yakovlevka, militants fired 82-mm and 120-mm mortar-launchers, grenade-launchers, heavy machine guns and small arms at Avdeyevka; they also fired twice from a tank at Krasnogorovka. As a result of shelling with 82-mm mortars, two male citizens were wounded in Avdeyevka yesterday as we reported.
On the Lugansk line, Donets and Stanits Luganskaya were fired on with small arms.
The two Ukrainian soldiers were killed when militants fired on Ukrainian positions with grenade-launchers and mortars near Zaytsevo and Nevelsk.

 At 6 pm, the ATO reported that while attacks had lessoned they were concentrated on the Mariupol line. Militants fired small arms and grenade-launchers for two hours near Pavlopol. A sniper was active at Maryinka at noon, and a Ukrainian soldier was killed in shelling there. Snipers were also active at Novotroitskoye and an armed BMP was also used to attack.

Militants fired on Avdeyevka again in the evening and at the Butovksa mine with grenade-launchers and small arms. The ATO returned fire four times.

The ATO commented (translation by The Interpreter):

“Analyzing the situation along the line of contact in the previous days, the conclusions can be made that during daylight time, when monitors are working actively, the militants reduce the number of shellings. At night, the enemy activates provocative fire and clearly is trying to drag the ATO forces into armed conflict”.

 — Catherine A. Fitzpatrick

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