Latest Ceasefire Begins; 1 Ukrainian Soldier Killed; 3 Civilians from ATO Family Injured in Kiev Explosion

August 25, 2017
People assist victims of a bomb in Kiev on Ukrainian Independence Day. Screen grab from video by TV 112

Ukraine Day 1285: LIVE UPDATES BELOW. One Ukrainian soldier was killed in battle and 3 civilians have been identified who were injured in yesterday’s explosion in Kiev.

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Latest Ceasefire Begins; 1 Ukrainian Soldier Killed; 3 Civilians Injured in Kiev Explosion

Ukrainian war front. Photo by EPA 

Despite yet another ceasefire agreed to begin at midnight August 25 for the start of the school year, fighting continued in the Donbass.

One Ukrainian soldier was killed in battle, Anatoliy Stelmakh, speaker for the ATO [Anti-Terrorist Operation] said on TV 112, reported.
Russia-backed forces fired on Ukrainian positions in Talakovka and Zaytsevo.

Yesterday, August 24 there was an explosion on Hrushevsky Street in the government district in Kiev, wounding three people who had come to Kiev to celebrate Ukrainian Independence Day.

Today reported that they were identified as the wife and mother-in-law of Valery Chibineyev, a soldier in the ATO who had received the Hero of Ukraine award, as well as his friend, an officer of the 79th Brigade. All three have all been taken to the hospital and listed in satisfactory condition.

Authorities believe that the explosive was the work of saboteurs. Sergei Knyazev, head of the National Police, said no suspects had been arrested, but thanks to the work of journalists, they had videotapes of the suspects from which they can be identified.

— Catherine A. Fitzpatrick

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