News from eastern Ukraine: Seven Ukrainian soldiers wounded in Donbas conflict zone

16:53 Oct. 13, 2016

Seven Ukrainian soldiers wounded in Donbas conflict zone

Soldiers on patrol at a holiday resort on the frontline, under control of Ukrainian forces, which was recently shelled by pro-Russian militants, in Shyrokyne, Ukraine (Getty Images)

Two more servicemen suffer concussion as armed hostilities intensify

No Ukrainian servicemen were killed, but seven were wounded in fighting in eastern Ukraine in the past 24 hours, Ukrainian Defense Ministry spokesman Andriy Lysenko reported.

"Fortunately, we had no fatalities over the past day, but seven servicemen of ours were injured and two more suffered concussion," he said at a press briefing in Kyiv on Thursday.

Watch also Donbas militants peppered Ukrainian army with about 400 shells

In total, combined Russian-separatist forces attacked Ukrainian positions in Donbas 36 times in the past 24 hours, including 20 barrages in the Mariupol sector, 14 in the Luhansk sector, and two in the Donetsk sector.

Government-controlled Avdiivka was previously reported as the most violent location of the whole front, but in recent days the fighting has peaked in villages some 20 kilometers east of Mariupol.

Read more Hell breaks loose in key area near Mariupol

The area around the port city of the Sea of Azov, for a long time seen as a key objective by the Kremlin-backed forces, has become a new hotspot in the Donbas war zone.

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