: Ukrainian border troops under attack
Politics15:02 Apr. 18, 2016
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Ukrainian border troops under attack

Russian-backed separatist forces launch attacks on frontier checkpoints

On late April 17, combined Russian-backed separatist forces launched nearly 20 artillery attacks on the Ukrainian border troops in the Donbas conflict zone.

According to Ukraine's State Border Guard Service, one Ukrainian frontier guard was wounded in the Luhansk region (the checkpoint Stanytsia Luhanska). Currently, the injured soldier is in a hospital, medics say his health condition is satisfactory.

Read also Ukraine may close all checkpoints in Luhansk region due to militant attacks

Militants also damaged service modules used for border entry procedures.

A number of militant attacks on Ukrainian checkpoints and guard posts recently increased. Combined Russian-backed separatists reportedly used heavy weapons forbidden under the Minsk ceasefire deal.

On April 8, the Stanytsia Luhanska control point of entry/exit suspended its work due to the constant militant shelling of the adjacent areas, Ukraine's State Border Guard Service reports.

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