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Ministry of Defense: Сivilian casualties registered in military action in East Ukraine

Ministry of Defense: Сivilian casualties registered in military action in East Ukraine
Київ, December 15, 2016.

The fighting along the entire frontline is calmer than yesterday but the “traditional flashpoints” are still being shot at, Ukraine’s Armed Forces suffer no casualties, sadly a civilian dies.

Ukrainian Armed Forces incurred no casualties in combat yesterday. Nevertheless, civilian casualties were registered, said spokesman of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine on ATO related issues Colonel Oleksandr Motuzyanyk at a press briefing at Ukraine Crisis Media Center.

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“One civilian died because of militants’ armed provocations and another one sustained injury in the arm. Moreover, a local inhabitant was wounded as a result of a shell explosion,” said Col. Motuzyanyk.

In the Luhansk sector militants instigated random provocations in Popasna, Novyi Aidar and Stanytsia Luhanska areas. “The enemy launched five mortar shells near Krymske. Light weapons were used in other areas,” said the spokesman.

The number of ceasefire violations in the Donetsk sector reduced to three incidents, all of them in traditional flashpoints: Luhanske, Troitske in the Horlivka perimeter and Avdiivka. “Hostile sniper was working near Luhanske, and occupants launched 34 mortar shells in two other places,” elaborated Col. Motuzyanyk.

The widest area of attacks and the most frequent use of heavy armor remain in the Mariupol sector. Militants opened artillery and mortar fire in the outskirts of Dokuchaevsk and use 82-mm and 120-mm mortars near Shyrokyne and Lebedynske. “In total, adversary launched 14 mortar shells and eight artillery shells in the area,” added the spokesman.

 

Report on the military developments as of December 14 is available here. Interactive data on the shelling: chronology shelling chart and the interactive map.

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