Ukraine Day 1686: UPDATES BELOW. Ten Russia-backed separatists were reportedly killed when their BTR ran over a mine.
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According to Liga.net, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry reported that 10 Russia-backed separatists were killed then the BTR they were driving struck a mine. The location was not given. The Defense Ministry said Russia-backed engineering and de-mining units were brought to the area.
Neither Russian nor separatist media reported the BTR deaths, but the separatist news site Dan-News.Info said two fighters from the self-described Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) were killed near Kominternovo (Pikuzy) while battle Ukrainian forces. Eduard Basurin, deputy commander of DNR forces said in the last week week, two other fights were wounded and two were killed in Kominternovo.
“In fact, we have two dangers. The first danger is Putin. I, as President, do not fight with anyone, I specifically oppose Putin. Because Putin understands that the war on land – in the east of my country, or in Crimea, over the last four years, no longer brings him any success. Because we have created a strong and reliable army with the help of the United States of America. I am really proud of the very effective cooperation with American, British, Canadian, European advisers,” the President said.
— Catherine A. Fitzpatrick