3 Ukrainian Soldiers Wounded in Past 2 Days; Zaytsevo Attacked While ICRC Delivers Aid

August 18, 2017
Home destroyed in Zaytsevo by shelling from Russia-backed forces in August 2017. Screen grab from video by Zarkarpatskiy Legion

Ukraine Day 1278: LIVE UPDATES BELOW. Three Ukrainian soldiers were wounded in the last two days.

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3 Ukrainian Soldiers Wounded in Past 2 Days; Zaytsevo Attacked While ICRC Delivers Aid

House on fire in Zaytsevo August 16, 2017. Screen grab from video by Zakarpatskiy Legion.
Russia-backed forces fired more than 60 mortars at Ukrainian positions on the Lugansk line near Krymskoye, and one Ukrainian soldier was wounded, Unian.net reported, citing the ATO [Anti-Terrorist Operation] dispatch.
On the Donetsk line, militants attacked four times with grenade-launchers and small arms at the Avdeyevka Industrial Zone, and positions near Zaytsevo and the Butovka Mine were also attacked.
Ukrainian forces returned fire with grenade-launchers and heavy machine guns. 
On the Maritime line, the approaches to Maryinka were attacked; 122-mm mortars were fired south of Bogdanovka.
Earlier, 82-mm mortars were fired near Shirokino and 2 soldiers were wounded.
Yesterday, August 17, Unian reported that militants fired on Zaytsevo when the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) was attempting to deliver humanitarian aid.
The Ukrainian side of the Joint Centre for Coordination and Control protested that Russia-backed forces had fired on the separatist-controlled side of Zaytsevo near separatist-controlled Gorlovka.

— Catherine A. Fitzpatrick

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