Donbas war update: Two Ukrainian soldiers killed, one wounded on Jan 5

10:57, 06 January 2020
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Russia's hybrid military forces on January 5 mounted four attacks on Ukrainian army positions in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, with one Ukrainian soldier reported as killed in action, while one soldier also killed and another wounded when their car hit a landmine there.

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"On January 5, armed formations of the Russian Federation violated the ceasefire four times. As a result of enemy shelling, one member of the Joint Forces was killed," the press center of the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) Headquarters said on Facebook in a morning update as of 07:00 Kyiv time on January 6.

Russia-led forces used 82mm mortars, which are banned under the Minsk peace agreements, as well as grenade launchers of various systems, heavy machine guns, and other small arms.

Three of the attacks were reported in the Skhid [East] tactical grouping responsibility zone: near the village of Vodiane (82mm mortars), outside the village of Pavlopil (heavy machine guns), and not far from the village of Hnutove (grenade launchers of various systems and small arms).

Another enemy attack (using a sniper rifle) was recorded in the Pivnich [North] tactical grouping's zone, on defenders of Krymske.

In addition, on January 5, near the village of Khutir Vilny, a GAZ-66 truck of one of the units of the Joint Forces carrying out logistical support measures hit an unknown explosive device (probably a TM-62 anti-tank landmine), resulting in one soldier was killed and another was seriously injured.

Since Monday midnight, the enemy has not opened fire. There have been no Ukrainian army casualties since then.

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