1 Ukrainian Soldier Wounded by Russia-Backed Sniper Near Zaytsevo

September 3, 2017
Front line in Donbass on September 3, 2017. Map by ATO

Ukraine Day 1294: LIVE UPDATES BELOW. One Ukrainian soldier was killed by a Russia-backed sniper.

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1 Ukrainian Soldier Wounded by Russia-Backed Sniper Near Zaytsevo

Armor on the move in separatist-controlled area of Donetsk Region. Photo via @girkingirkin 

One Ukrainian soldier was wounded by a Russia-backed sniper near Zaytsevo, Ligalnet reported, citing Oleksandr Motuzyanik, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry spokesman on ATO [Anti-Terrorist Operation] issues.

The Donetsk line was under the most fire with 15 atttacks, including on Kamenka, Avdeyevka, and the Butovka mine, where militants used grenade-launchers and small arms.
There was also fighting to the north of Gorlovka. 
Militants used light arms to attack Mayorsk and Zaytsevo.
On the Lugansk like, there was one ceasefire violation near Novozvanovka, using grenade-launchers.
There were 10 attacks on the Mariupol line.
In other news:
The Solomensky District Court returned the indictment in the case of the unlawful issuance of arms to the so-called titushki (pro-government thugs) during the EuroMaidan uprising, Sergei Gorbatiuk, head of special investigations at the Prosecutor General’s Office told Channel 5, according to Liga.net.
Gorbatiuk said that after spending a year and a half reviewing the case, the court said only 3 law-enforcers and one member of the titushki who received arms were indicated in the indictment. The court said the indictment included people who had given testimony and therefore should not be charged. Gorbatiuk characterized this as “illegal” and said he would appeal the decision. On August 1, a court extended the pre-trial detention of five former Berkut officers accused of shooting demonstrators on February 20.
Ukraine is reinforcing its border with increased patrols in connection with Russia’s Zapad-2017 military exercises that will take place September 14-20.

Of course, there are parts of the Ukrainian border now controlled by Russia which can go on being used for transfer of tanks and troops — not to mention the fact that Russia has overwhelming force to overrun whatever defense Ukraine might muster.

— Catherine A. Fitzpatrick 

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