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Donbas: Pro-Russian militants shell Zolote, Hnutove; one soldier died

A Ukrainian soldier died today at about 8:00 am
13:25, 17 July 2018

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The Russia-backed militants attacked the position of the Armed Forces of Ukraine twice since the beginning of July 17. One Ukrainian soldier died in the result of the shelling as Dmytro Hytsuliak, the spokesperson of the Defense Ministry reported.

“Since the midnight two enemies attacks were spotted by the Ukrainian soldiers in the region of the holding of the Joint Forces operation for resist and deterrence of the armed aggression of the Russian Federation in Donbas. The militants used the grenade launchers and small arms against our soldiers near Zolote and Hnutove,” he noted.

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At the same time, Hytsuliak noted that the Armed Forces of Ukraine sustained casualties in the results of the enemy’s attacks.

“We report with sadness that today, on July 17, about 8:00 am, the Russian armed aggression claimed the life of another Ukrainian hero. In the result of the military actions one our soldier of 1978-year of birth died. We express our sincere condolence to the relatives and close people of our defender and his comrades in arms,” he said.

Related: Donbas: Three Ukrainian soldiers wounded in action over 24 hours

On July 16, the militants violated ceasefire five times in the Donbas conflict zone from 7 am to 6 pm. One time they used Minsk-banned weapons.

Earlier, over the past 24 hours, the militants violated ceasefire 29 times in Donbas. As a result of the combat actions, one Armed Forces soldier was injured.

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