1 Ukrainian Soldier WIA, 1 Injured by Mine; OSCE Reports Grad Missiles in Russia-Backed Separatist Areas

July 26, 2017
A slap heap at the front line said to be separating Ukrainian troops and Russia-backed forces by 230 meters. Photo via @GirkinGirkin

Ukraine Day 1255: LIVE UPDATES BELOW. One Ukrainian soldier was wounded in action and another was injured after stepping on a mine.

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1 Ukrainian Soldier WIA, 1 Injured by Mine; OSCE Reports Grad Missiles in Russia-Backed Separatist Areas

Screen grab from video on Ukrainian army by People’s Project. 

The ATO [Anti-Terrorist Organization] reported in its evening dispatch that one Ukrainian soldier was wounded in action near Avdeyevka.

It seems that after a week of heavy losses, as we reported, despite the “harvest cease-fire” negotiated June 24, Ukrainian soldiers are returning fire more when attacked by Russia-backed forces. 

Fighting was heaviest around Krasnogorovka on the Mariupol line, as Russia-backed forces fired 82-mm and 120-mm mortars and heavy machine guns at Ukrainian positions.
On the Lugansk line, Novozvanovka, Donets, Katerinovka were attacked and grenade-launchers and machine guns were fired at Ukrainian defenders near Avdeyevka. They returned fire.
Col. Andriy Lysenko, spokesman on ATO issues for the Ukrainian Defense Ministry said one Ukrainian soldier was wounded in Popasnyansky District in Lugansk Region after stepping on a mine, Liga.net reported.
Col. Lysenko also reported that on the Lugansk line, Ukrainian forces battled Russia-backed militants near Katerinovka for an hour; Ukrainian troops brought in armor. Militants continued firing on the Popasnyansky District using mortar-launchers and a BMP. They also fired on Novotoshkovsky, Stanitsa Luganskaya and Krymskoye.
On the Donetsk line, militants fired on Luganskoye, Kamenka, the Butovka Mine and Peski. Ukrainian forces returned fire.

On the Mariupol line, militants attacked Krasnogorobka with a mortar-launcher and tank; they also fired on Shirokino and a sniper was active there.

OSCE monitors have found Grad missiles in territory controlled by Russia-backed separatists, Liga.net reported. 

In its July 26 report for July 25, the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission wrote:

In violation of withdrawal lines, in a non-government-controlled area, on 23 July aerial imagery revealed the presence of two multiple launch rocket systems (BM-21 Grad, 122mm) in Kalmiuske (formerly Komsomolske, 42km south-east of Donetsk), in a zone within which deployment of heavy armaments and military equipment is proscribed according to Point 5 of the Memorandum of 19 September 2014.

OSCE also reported on the movements of heavy armor in Ukrainian-controlled territory as well.

— Catherine A. Fitzpatrick 

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