Fighting Reduced Under ‘School Ceasefire’; Two Ukrainian Soldiers Wounded in Battle

August 26, 2017
Ukrainian sappers. Screen grab from video by ATO

Ukraine Day 1286: LIVE UPDATES BELOW. Two Ukrainian soldiers were wounded in the previous reporting period.

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Fighting Reduced Under ‘School Ceasefire’; Two Ukrainian Soldiers Wounded in Battle

Fighting was reduced after the declaration of a “school ceasefire” August 25 to enable families to prepare for the start of the school year on September 1.
Russia-backed forces attacked Ukrainian positions eight times starting at midnight, Liga.net reported, citing the ATO [Anti-Terrorist Operation] dispatch on Facebook.
There were sporadic firings of small arms and grenade launchers near Vodyanoye, Pavlopol, Starognatovka, Shirokino and Talakovka on the Maritime line.
On the Donetsk line, the Avdeyevka industrial zone was attacked.
Ukrainian forces did not return fire.
The ATO reported that in the previous reporting period, two Ukrainian soldiers were wounded in a battle at the Avdeyevka industrial zone.
There were a total of 18 attacks. Militants also attacked the Butovka mine and Ukrainian positions in Talakovka, Gnutovo, Pavlopol, Lebedinskoye, Chiorkino and Chermalyk on the Maritime line.
There was only one instance of firing near Malinovoye on the Lugansk line.

Medical staff at a hospital in government-controlled Volnovakha (53km south of Donetsk) told the SMM that two women – a 60-year-old from Donetsk and a 56-year-old from “DPR”‑controlled Khartsyzk (26km east of Donetsk) – were injured by an explosive device near a Ukrainian Armed Forces checkpoint north of government-controlled Berezove (31km south-west of Donetsk). According to the medical staff, the women were travelling to government-controlled areas by bus and entered a wooded area near the checkpoint, when the 56-year-old triggered the explosive device, resulting in shrapnel injuries to her legs, torso, arms and head. They said the other woman was some 20m away at the time and sustained shrapnel injuries to her left calf. The medical staff said the women were given first aid on the scene by military personnel and transported by ambulance to the hospital and that both were in satisfactory condition.

 — Catherine A. Fitzpatrick

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