The Ukrainian Joint Forces Operation (JFO) accused the Donets People’s Militia of shelling Ukrainian positions in the area of the village of Pesky on March 11th.
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According to the statement, as a result of the fighting on the contact line, both sides suffered losses. Three Ukrainian servicemen were killed, nine were injured. They JFO said that the Ukrainian Armed Forces (UAF) retaliated at the the DPR using modern optoelectronic devices that have recently entered service.
“Our defenders noticed the departure of the ATGM’s combat crew of the enemy from the residential sector of the occupied settlement. The units of the United Forces used all available regular means of destruction to completely suppress the fire activity of the Russian-occupying forces,” the JFO statement said.
It further said that the UAF destroyed the ATGM crew, which struck a vehicle of the Ukrainian Armed Forces:
“One soldier was killed, the other was seriously wounded.”
The total losses of the DPR, according to the JFO, amounted to three killed and five wounded.
Other outlets provided different numbers, providing a different picture of what transpired.
According to it, the UAF suffered significant losses in the Donbass in several sections of the contact line. The largest incident occurred in the area of the village of Pesky.
Ukrainian Soldiers from the 131st Separate Reconnaissance Battalion came under fire and suffered heavy losses.
Two soldiers died, another eleven were injured. In addition, an armored truck was destroyed. The incident occurred in the area of the village of Pesky.
The JFO press center confirmed the information about the incident, but gave different data about the losses, according to which two soldiers were killed and only eight were injured. In fact, the death toll may be greater, as several wounded were in serious condition.
The Donetsk People’s Republic confirmed the information about the losses of the UAF in the Pesky area. However, according to its press service, the Ukrainian military lost five people killed and six others were wounded.
On March 11th, the Ukrainian Armed Forces artillery launched intensive strikes both in the village of Pesky and in the suburbs of Donetsk. According to preliminary data, no soldiers died and there were no casualties among the civilian population, information about the destruction is being clarified.
On March 6th, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced that Ukraine would withdraw from the Normandy Four Format on the Donbass in 2021, if the situation in conflict zone does not change and international agreements are not implemented. He added that he believes in his ability to negotiate with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The Ukrainian side never did comply with any of the ceasefires and has actively attempted to sabotage any sort of conclusion to the situation in eastern Ukraine.
Territories of the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics are regularly bombarded, which entails human casualties and destruction. Despite the expectations of a number of experts, the situation did not change after the election of the new President of Ukraine Zelensky, who, as a whole, continues Poroshenko’s course towards the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics.
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