Ukraine under attack: War in Donbas unchanged after Motorola's death

13:57 Oct. 18, 2016

War in Donbas unchanged after Motorola's death

Ukrainian soldier standing near a projectile in Shyrokyne, Donetsk region (UNIAN Photo)

Ukraine reports of three wounded servicemen overnight

Three Ukrainian soldiers were wounded in the conflict zone in the past 24 hours, the country's Defense Ministry spokesman Andriy Lysenko said on Tuesday, October 18.

Four more servicemen suffered from contusion, but Kyiv managed to avoid casualties, Lysenko said.

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At the same time, Ukraine reported 28 attacks overnight, with the most intense combat taking place near Mariupol, where the Russian-backed separatist forces shelled government forces 20 times.

The situation in the Luhansk region was less violent as only 6 shootings occurred in the area.

After militants recently vowed to avenge the death of their comrade Motorola, concerns were raised over possible escalation in the Donbas warzone.  

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‘Regarding the death of one of the combatants – it hasn't changed the situation on the front line in any way', Lysenko reported.

Touching upon the withdrawal of the troops planned in Stanytsia Luhanska, the spokesman said disengagement remains impossible over constant attacks from the separatists.

Only after seven days of solid ceasefire the sides can start to withdraw their forces, Lysenko explained. 

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