Over the last week the number of firing attacks by Russia’s forces is lower than previous weeks. So far they are averaging below 20, compared to 30+. Regrettably, despite this reduction in fighting, Ukrainian forces are still suffering casualties. Today one soldier was wounded. Firing attacks are the number of times Russia’s forces opened fire.
OSCE Oct 18th update.
Reported average daily ceasefire violations for previous week ranged from 1,400 at its lowest to 2,300 at the highest. This is the number of times bullets and shells are recorded as having been fired.
OSCE Oct 26th update (video below).
Lists a total of 10,000 ceasefire violations last week and a total of over 240,000 for the year so far. It’s well worth watching the below video to hear the tragic circumstances surrounding the death last week of a man and a lady. Man was killed outright by a mine, with the lady badly injured. Calling out for help, she tried to crawl to safety, but died before any rescue.
On Oct 18th the OSCE reported 205 confirmed civilians casualties thus far in 2018, with 39 killed and 166 wounded. The above referenced lady and a man died last week, along with several additional civilians wounded.
The below OSCE report fully illustrates the dangers for civilians living on the front line. Oct 22nd, in the front line town of Marinka, a man was shot by Russia’s forces whilst repairing his roof.
Here’s a few pictures giving you an insight into the volume of mines sent into Ukraine by Russia. Top pic shows two soldiers in the occupied region of Luhansk province. Men are seen here fixing the fuses for a new batch of mines. 2nd social media picture posted by Vlad Shamray, shows him posing with the mines. Check out this Bellingcat article on the source of these pictures and detail on the mines.
Last two pics show Russian mercenary from Saint Petersburg Mikhail Andronik. He’s the Russia-backed Donetsk people’s republic military corespondent. Seen here with a stack of new mines.
To deter tanks and armoured vehicles, these type of larger mines are planted along roads and open areas such as fields. Smaller anti-personnel mines and IEDs (improvised explosive devices) are planted along tracks, woods, buildings and river banks. It’s these smaller devices which often kill and injure civilians, as people don’t see the trip wires and hidden means of triggering them.