Ten Ukrainian servicemen have been killed and another 30 wounded in Kiev’s military operation in the country’s east in the past 24 hours, the National Security and Defense Council said in its Twitter account on Friday.
Self-defense militias of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics are carrying out operations to push Ukrainian troops far back from large cities and deny them a possibility to shell densely populated residential areas with artillery and mortar fire.
Luhansk fighters are actively advancing north of the city, the local news agency Novorossiya reported on Friday, citing the militia’s combat reports.
“The situation in the north of Luhansk has improved and the militia has been able to seize the settlement of Privetnoye after a fourth attempt, making an advance from the village of Stukalova Balka,” Novorossiya said.
The militia headquarters “have received information that our fighters are storming the enemy positions in Shishkovo,” Novorossiya said. Luhansk fighters have also approached the town of Schastye, the news agency said.