Ukraine Day 859: LIVE UPDATES BELOW.
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Eduard Basurin, defense minister for the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic” claimed Ukrainian forces had fired 482 times at Zaystevo, Gorlovka, Yasinovataya, Spartak, Staramikhailovka, Dukychayevsk, Leninsk, Sakha, Kominternovo, Zayichenko and the Petrovsk District and airport in Donetsk. Ten homes were said to be damaged as a result. As usual, these large number of shellings claimed could not be independently confirmed and did not track with OSCE Special Monitoring Mission reports.
Kiev officials claim that 26 Russian soldiers were killed in fighting in the Donbass, and their bodies were removed from the Donetsk morgue and transported to Russia on June 23, Ukraine Today reports.
Ukrainian presidential administration spokesman Andriy Lysenko said 3 Russian soldiers were killed and 2 wounded on June 24. He said 2 Ukrainian soldiers were also wounded in the past 24 hours.
– Ukraine is planning a “hard reaction” to the plans of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe at the initiative of its president Pedro Agramunt to return the Russian delegation to its midst, Unian reported, citing Irina Gerashchenko on her Facebook page (translation by The Interpreter):
“I’m generally convinced that only a hard and active position on the international front will force the Europeans not to forget about Crimea and Donbass and not to forget about principles. We must insist on principles everywhere where lovers of tours to Moscow and St. Petersburg want to forget them, whether the Council of Europe, PACE or UN.”
— Catherine A. Fitzpatrick