Ukrainian National Guardsman Killed by Sniper; Ukrainian Soldier Killed in Battle

March 9, 2018
Ukrainian National Guardsman Yuriy Lugovsky killed by a sniper.

Ukraine Day 1480: LIVE UPDATES BELOW. One Ukrainian National Guardsman was killed and one Ukrainian soldier was killed.

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Ukrainian National Guardsman Killed by Sniper; Ukrainian Soldier Killed in Battle

Screen grab from video by SBU allegedly showing weapons in Vladimir Ruban’s vehicle

Ukrainian National Guardsman Yuriy Lugovsky, b. 1994, of Chervonohrad, Lviv Region, call sign Baret, was killed by a sniper, Liga.net reported.

A Ukrainian soldier was killed as well in an attack by Russia-backed forces, Liga.net reported.
Militants fired on the Lugansk line with grenade-launchers and heavy machine guns, and on the Donetsk line with 82-mm mortars near Avdeyevka.
Liga.net reported that on March 6, the OSCE reported an incident March 5 where a patrol of 6 members in two armored cars were headed east toward Kazatsky, 36 km to the northeast of Mariupol, and were stopped by a uniformed man bearing an AK-74. The fighter aimed his weapon at the mission’s first vehicle.
The Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) has published a video claiming that Vladimir Ruban, an informal POW negotiator arrested at a checkpoint yesterday, intended to deliver weapons to the Russia-backed forces of the self-declared “Donetsk People’s Republic” and that they were to be fired in Kiev.

A Kiev court ordered Ruban’s arrest for 60 days without bail.

— Catherine A. FitzpatrickĀ