Five Ukrainian soldiers wounded in Donbas in last day

20:28, 24 May 2015
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Five Ukrainian soldiers were wounded in eastern Ukraine on Saturday, according to a presidential administration representative.

Ukrainian soldiers continue to repel militants' attacks in Donbas / Photo from mil.gov.ua

"In the past twenty-four hours, no Ukrainian soldiers were killed but five of our comrades-in-arms were wounded," Presidential Administration Speaker for ATO issues, Colonel Oleksandr Motuzianyk said at a briefing in Kyiv on Sunday, an UNIAN correspondent reported.

On Friday, ATO updates reported that one Ukrainian soldier was killed, five were wounded, another ATO speaker, Andriy Lysenko said on Saturday.

He also disclosed that bodies of Ukrainain soldiers were recovered from under the ruins of the Donetsk airport on Friday. "The bodies were brought to the Donetsk morgue, and they are expected to be transported to the Ukrainian-controlled territory soon," he added.

The fiercest fights for the Donetsk airport between the Ukrainian troops and Russian-backed militants from the so-called Donetsk People's Republic, which started on May 26, 2014, were in January 2015, after which the Ukrainian units had to retreat with heavy losses. The defense of the so-called old and new terminals of the airport by the Ukrainian army lasted for 242 days.

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