#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE (Donestsk/Luhansk) – July 16 – Self-defence fighters of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics have launched an offensive on the Ukrainian National Guard forces in eastern Donetsk Region, the National Guard’s website said on Wednesday.
The offensive was launched “at 5am (local time) today from the settlement of Stepanovka (the Donetsk Region),” the Ukrainian National Guard press office reported.
“Tank and mortar strikes were delivered against the Ukrainian National Guard’s checkpoint located near Marinovka (the Donetsk Region). The shelling continued for an hour. The National Guard repelled the attack,” the report said.
A battle is currently under-way in the area of the settlement of Tarany.
Self-defence fighters are attacking from the settlements of Saur-Mogila and Stepanovka, using mortar and tank fire against the Ukrainian military’s positions, the report said.
Four Ukrainian National Guard soldiers have been wounded, the report said.
#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – Six Ukrainian army servicemen were killed and eight were injured in armed clashes near the city of Kramatorsk in the Donetsk Region in eastern Ukraine, the Defence Ministry said Tuesday.
According to the ministry, a Kiev-controlled convoy of armoured vehicles “fell into an ambush” near the village of Oktyabrskoye. One armored personnel carrier was destroyed during the fight. Wounded servicemen were brought to a hospital. One of them is in serious condition.
A spokesman for the Kramatorsk self-defense told ITAR-TASS on Tuesday that soldiers of the so-called Ukrainian National Guard have surrounded the village of Oktyabrskoye located 15 kilometres from Kramatorsk.
The armed clash started when a convoy of Ukrainian law enforcers’ armored vehicles was going along a road near Oktyabrskoye, and militiamen tried to stop its movement, he said, adding that at least three Ukrainian armed forces helicopters have landed there, he told ITAR-TASS.
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