: Two Ukrainian soldiers killed, four wounded as guns supposed to go silent before Easter

15:43 Apr. 30, 2016

Two Ukrainian soldiers killed, four wounded as guns supposed to go silent before Easter

A Ukrainian soldier in Donetsk region (AP photo)

On Friday the OSCE rep in Minsk announced the agreement to halt violence at least for a week

Two Ukrainian soldiers were killed and four more wounded in the clashes with the Russian-backed separatist forces. The positions of Ukraine's army in Donbas were shelled 40 times in the last 24 hours.

According to Ukraine's top military spokesman Andriy Lysenko, there were seven major attacks from the militant forces on the line of contact near the city of Donetsk.

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"Every time the occupiers used mortar-guns. More than 80 mortar shells were launched against Ukrainian positions," Lysenko said.

One civilian was blown up by a landmine in Donetsk region, he is hospitalized.

In Mariupol direction the combined Russian-separatist forces attacked the Ukrainian army 33 times. The most tense situation was near the village of Maryinka, where the enemy mortar men and snipers are active.

"The situation is very disturbing, some settlements are shelled six times per day. ATO [Anti-Terrorist Operation] servicemen are forced to return fire," Lysenko added.

It was quiet only in Luhansk direction, where the checkpoint of Stanytsia Luhanska was reopened for Easter and May holidays until May 11.


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