News from Ukraine: Three Ukrainian soldiers killed, another four wounded in Donbas over night
Politics17:28 Jul. 26, 2016

Three Ukrainian soldiers killed, another four wounded in Donbas over night

Russian-backed subversive groups are said to plant bombs and mines along the frontline and woodland

Three Ukrainian soldiers were killed, another four were wounded in eastern Ukraine, after militants launched heavy shelling in the Donetsk region, near the towns of Avdiyivka, Starognativka, and Nevelske.

In the past 24 hours Russian-backed separatist forces attacked Ukrainian army more than 60 times, mostly in Mariupol and Donestk sector with several skirmishes in Luhansk region as well.

The National Guard fighters serving close to Kominternovo in southern part of the Donetsk region say apart from regular shelling they are attacked by sharpshooters and machine gunners. Less than a kilometre from Ukrainian soldiers' positions, militants dug an entrenchment and installed a gun there. 

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Ukrainian military say they are currently unable to eliminate the trap. Two houses were burnt there recently. Militants accuse Ukrainian guardians of firing at local residents.

The woodland close to Starohnativka to the south of Donetsk is also under permanent threat. Numerous subversive groups of the enemy constantly attempt to advance further into the forest, though failing each time.

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The rear side also suffers from regular blasts. Combat engineers on a daily basis report on dozens of mines and projectiles gathered along the roads and even in local vegetable gardens. It is impossible to neutralize the ammunition harmlessly, for Russian-backed terrorists bombard Ukrainian positions heavily. A good deal of bombs remains unexploded that pose a threat to local residents.

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