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Ukraine News Today Mar. 12, 2017: Two Ukrainian soldiers killed by militants in Mariupol sector; UN warns on chemical disaster risk in Donbas

Ukraine News Today: Russia's hybrid military forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas 75 times in the past 24 hours; Two Ukrainian soldiers killed by militants in Mariupol sector; UN warns on chemical disaster risk in Donbas
Ukraine News Today Mar. 12, 2017: Two Ukrainian soldiers killed by militants in Mariupol sector; UN warns on chemical disaster risk in Donbas

Two Ukrainian soldiers killed by militants in Mariupol sector – ATO HQ

Russia’s hybrid military forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas 75 times in the past 24 hours with two Ukrainian soldiers reported as killed in action (KIA); the situation in the area of conducting the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) remains unsettled, but controlled by the Ukrainian Armed Forces, according to the press center of the ATO Headquarters, Joinfo.com reports with reference to UNIAN.

“In the Mariupol sector, Ukrainian positions near the village of Mykolaivka came under fire from artillery systems of large caliber, while the militants used mortars in the villages of Slavne, Hnutove, Pavlopil and Berezove. The enemy also fired small arms, machine guns of large caliber, and grenade launches of various systems on the villages of Shyrokyne, Vodiane, Talakivka, and the town of Krasnohorivka. The occupiers also used infantry fighting vehicles and a tank to attack the towns of Mar’inka,” the ATO HQ posted on Facebook.

Two Ukrainian soldiers were killed in a military clash with an enemy subversive reconnaissance group. In the Donetsk sector, the Russian occupation forces opened fire from mortars on the Ukrainian positions near Butivka coal mine, and the villages of Luhanske and Nevelske. The enemy also fired machine guns, grenade launchers, mortars, and a tank on the Ukrainian positions near the town of Avdiyivka.

In the Donetsk sector, the Russian occupation forces opened fire from mortars on the Ukrainian positions near Butivka coal mine, and the villages of Luhanske and Nevelske. The enemy also fired machine guns, grenade launchers, mortars, and a tank on the Ukrainian positions near the town of Avdiyivka.

In the Luhansk sector, the militants opened fire from mortars on the Ukrainian positions near the villages of Katerynivka, Bohuslavske, Novo-Oleksandrivka and the town of Popasna. The village of Valuyske came under fire from small arms and machine guns.

Also, the militants shelled the pumping station of the first elevation of Yuzhno-Donbasky water pipeline on Saturday night. The station is located between the villages of Vasylivka and Kruta Balka near the contact line. It provides water supply to Volnovakha, Pokrovsk, and Dobropillia regions, as well as the city of Mariupol.

It should be recalled that militants have escalated shelling in Donbas lately.

UN warns on chemical disaster risk in Donbas

UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and hazardous substances and wastes has warned that the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine could lead to a catastrophic chemical disaster unless the fighting is stopped and precautions are taken to secure industrial facilities in the area, Joinfo.comreports with reference to Ukrinform.

This is reported by the UN News Center.

“Battles are now being fought in cities, close to industrial centres, with factories increasingly becoming at risk of being hit: the consequences for anyone living close-by would be severe,” said Baskut Tuncak, the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and hazardous substances and wastes.

According to him, on 24 February, a shell hit a building housing more than 7,000 kg of chlorine gas. While no damage was reported damage to just one fraction of the containers would have killed anyone within 200 meters and severely impact the health of anyone within 2.4 km, according to experts cited by OHCHR.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and humanitarian partners have called for demilitarizing the areas adjacent to civilian infrastructure.