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Two civilian women were also hospitalized after suffering multiple shrapnel wounds from mines in Maryinka, Gordonua.com reported, citing a statement from the National Police in Donetsk Region. They were listed in stable condition.
Last year, 25 civilians died from mines in Donetsk Region, including 4 children, 8 women and 13 men, says Gordonua.com. In addition, 70 civilians were wounded: 5 children, 28 women, 37 men. Of these most set off trip wires, and a half dozen ran over mines in tractors while plowing fields.
There is no electricity, water or gas in Optynoye. The defense is being maintained by the TransCarpathian 128th Mountain Infantry Brigade. The soldiers from the 128th says that now the situation is more or less stable, but the terrorists still make themselves known. ‘In the evening, they fire 7.62 bullets. Sometimes a [grenade from] an SPG [grenade-launcher] flies by.’
Some of the toughest Ukrainian soldiers are defending these positions. TSN describes one soldier with the call sign “Fizruk” who fought at the battle of Ilovaisk in August 2014, where he was wounded, but went back in the war and was among last to retreat from Debaltsevo in February 2015, when he was wounded again. He then headed to the front again after he recovered and currently defends Optynoye.
There were also reports today of violence within Donetsk. A grenade was thrown into a building courtyard in one incident, and there was a car blast in which one person was killed in another incident.
— Catherine A. Fitzpatrick