Ceasefire Declared Today Immediately Broken by Russia-Backed Forces; Russian MP Says He Fell Under Fire in Donbass

March 5, 2018
Russian MP Aleksei Zhuravlyov (3rd from L) with DNR fighters

Ukraine Day 1476: LIVE UPDATES BELOW. A ceasefire declared today was immediately broken by Russia-backed forces.

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Ceasefire Declared Today Immediately Broken by Russia-Backed Forces; One Ukrainian Soldier Wounded

Vice Speaker Iryna Gerashchenko

A cease-fire was declared to start today, but Russia-backed forces broke it within the first hour and fired three times on Ukrainian positions, Liga.net reported. One Ukrainian soldier was wounded.

Aleksei Zhuravlyov, a member of the Rodina [Motherland] Party of Russia from Voronezh said his group fell under shell fire while he was visiting the front line near occupied Donetsk, RIA Novosti reported. He said one car in the group, which was accompanied by Russia-backed fighters from the Pyatnashka International Brigade was damaged.
The self-declared “Donetsk People’s Republic” blamed the Ukrainian Army for firing on the area, and also said a Ukrainian army opened fire from a snow plow machine in Golmovsky on the outskirts of Gorlovka.
Vice Speaker of Parliament Iryna Gerashenko said 2,378 Ukrainian soldiers had been killed in the war since April 2014. These included 4 women soldiers.

— Catherine A. Fitzpatrick