: Militants in eastern Ukraine shot dead Russian officer – intelligence

17:39 Aug. 5, 2016

Militants in eastern Ukraine shot dead Russian officer – intelligence

Russian-backed militants guard their position near Marinka in the suburbs of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, June 4, 2015 (AP photo)

Situation on the frontline is extremely strained for both sides of the conflict

Donbas militants shot dead their commander – a regular officer of Russia's Armed Forces, Ukrainian military intelligence reported on Friday on its Facebook page.

According the report, on August 4 the servicemen of the reconnaissance company of the 11th Makiivka motorized rifle regiment refused to perform the order to conduct an offensive reconnaissance on the government-controlled territory.

In response to threats of summary execution on the spot, the Russian-backed militants reportedly shot and killed the reconnaissance commander of the regiment — a regular Russian military officer.

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Ukrainian intelligence also informed that in the past day, five militant fighters were killed and three wounded.

Read also Turchynov says possibility of Russian offence 'real'; issue of foreign lethal arms 'blocked'

Earlier on Friday Vadym Skibitsky, the representative of the Main Intelligence Directorate at Ukraine's Defence Ministry told journalists in Kyiv that the combined Russian-separatist occupation forces are getting ready for a large-scale offensive near Avdiivka, Zaitseve, Opytne and at the so-called Svitlodarsk salient.

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