Ukraine Day 1307: LIVE UPDATES BELOW. One Ukrainian soldier was wounded in action.
Yesterday’s coverage of the Ukraine conflict can be found here.
Russian drone which fell on Ukrainian territory. Photo by ATO
Russia-backed forces attacked just 10 times today and didn’t use heavy machine guns and mortars after midnight, Ukrainska Pravda reported, citing the ATO dispatch.
One Ukrainian soldier was wounded in action in Krymskoye, Ukrainska Pravda reported, citing the daily briefing of Ukrainian Defense Ministry spokesman Col. Andriy Lysenko.
On the Lugansk line, grenade-launchers were twice used to attack Krymskoye, and heavy machines were fired on Novotoshkovskoye.
Russia has been using drones for reconnaissance and spotting, the ATO said. It costs 18 million rubles ($312,500), as distinct from a plane which would be 5-7 million rubles ($86,805-$121,527). Usually 2 or 3 are used together at a time.
“One which was responsible for security on the entire territory. One that would monitor the Ukrainian side of the Russian-Ukrainian border. One that would guarantee the monitoring of heavy armor.”
“That Russia proposed peacekeepers is a step forward, since Russia was categorically opposed. However, the outlines of the mandate of the mission that Russia has proposed would only worsen the conflict. A peace-keeping mission deployed along the line of contact would defend peacekeepers and not people. It would not provide access to the Russian-Ukrainian border.”
RFE/RL reported Volker’s remarks directly from the English as follows:
But he added that the mandate of any UN force must not “deepen the division” of the country.
Volker reiterated that the UN force’s mandate should not be limited to protecting the OSCE observers along the conflict demarcation line between zones controlled by Kyiv and those held by the pro-Russia separatists.
The current proposal, he said, “would only protect monitors, not people. It would not give access to control the Russia-Ukraine border. There’s a lot of obstacles, a lot of problems with the way it was proposed.”
Volker said the force should control the Ukrainian side of the border with Russia, enabling it to help prevent any movement of heavy weapons from Russia to the separatists.
— Catherine A. Fitzpatrick
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