Seven Ukrainian soldiers killed, 13 wounded in Donbas in last day
Seven Ukrainian soldiers were killed and another 13 were wounded in the Donbas conflict zone in the last 24 hours, presidential administration spokesman for Anti-Terrorist Operation issues, Colonel Oleksandr Motuzianyk said at a briefing on Thursday, according to an UNIAN correspondent.
"In the last day, we lost seven Ukrainian soldiers, and another 13 were injured as a result of military clashes," Motuzianyk said.
According to him, the highest death toll was near the town of Maryinka and in the area of Ukrainian-controlled Mariupol.
As UNIAN reported earlier, according to the Donbas Battalion's press service, five soldiers of the Ukrainian armed forces were killed in action and there were no casualties Donbas Battalion fighters in fighting near Mariupol on Wednesday.
According to him, from 16:00 on August 26 to 06:30 on August 27, there were 20 militant attacks in the "M" sector.
The Russian-backed mercenaries fired four times on the Ukrainian military in the village of Starohnativka, twice in the village of Chermalyk and once in the villages of Novohryhorivka, Prokhorivka, Bohdanivka, Lebedynske, Orlovske and Novoselivka Druha.
Chepurniy also said that the militants had acted by means of deceit – in order to stop Ukrainians from firing back, they would ask for a ceasefire every time after each of their seven attacks.
"Seven attacks occurred in the "M" sector from midnight on August 27. The militants fired four times on Bohdanivka, twice on Starohnativka and once on Chermalyk. The most powerful shelling occurred in Bohdanivka, where from 04:30 to 05:00 the militants were simultaneously firing 152mm self-propelled guns and 81mm mortars," the press officer said.