Ukraine Day 1270: LIVE UPDATES BELOW. Gen. Mark A. Milley, Chief of Staff of the Ground Forces of the US visited the advanced positions of the Ukrainian military near Mariupol today.
Yesterday’s coverage of the Ukraine conflict can be found here.
Gen. Mark Milley meets Ukrainian officers near the front line in Mariupol on August 10, 2017. Photo by ATO
As we reported yesterday, August 9, fighting escalated significantly yesterday, and continued today.
In addition, on August 9, despite security assurances by both sides in the war, an OSCE surveillance camera at the Donetsk Filtration Station (DFS) near Yasinovataya (Yasynuvata)was shelled, along with an OSCE drone. Following its mandate, the SMM did not speculate as to which side fired on the camera. The JCCC believes it was the Russian-backed militants who have fired many times on the station before. Amb. Ertugrul Apakan, the chief monitor of the SMM, commented:
“The destruction of a camera deployed by the SMM on 7 August in support of the potential DFS safety zone demonstrates contempt for this important humanitarian initiative and for the many people on both sides of the contact line who stand to benefit from its installation.”
The repeated damage of the DFS has frequently left thousands of people without water in the region. Repair crews are often unable to function due to shelling.
The ATO reported Gen. Milley as saying (reverse translation by The Interpreter):
“You are the only ones who have real, actual combat experience against an existing enemy. I have heeded your experience and I am confident that soon, thanks to your fighting spirit, you will halt the enemy and restore sovereignty and territorial integrity”.
o The Ukrainian postal system was hit by a 48-hour cyberattack today, BBC reported.
— Catherine A. Fitzpatrick