Amid the Kiev’s glorious reports of major joint naval drills with NATO member-states in the Black Sea, there is still a military crisis in Eastern Ukraine that is claiming lives of soldiers from both sides.

On July 4, a serviceman of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (UAF) was killed as a result of shelling in the Donbas region. This is reported by the press service of the Joint Forces Operation on Facebook.

“Since the beginning of the day, 5 violations of the ceasefire regime have been recorded… one serviceman from the Joint Forces was fatally injured,” the report says.

According to the reports, the UAF positions were shelled with grenade launchers of various systems, heavy machine guns and small arms.

According to unconfirmed reports, the victim was captain and head of the medical center of the UAF 93rd brigade. He was killed in fire exchange near the village of Grigorovka.

The DPR People’s Militia has not yet commented on the claims.

Death Toll Rises In Eastern Ukraine Amid Joint NATO Sea Breeze Exercise

At the same time, the shellings are reported on the territory of the Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) on a daily basis. On July 2, as a result of the shelling, a soldier of the LPR was reportedly killed. This was announced by the official representative of the Defense Ministry of the Republic Ivan Filiponenko.

The representative of the defense ministry noted that due to the shelling of Ukrainian forces, the servicemen of the People’s Militia of the LPR were forced to open return fire on the positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

The representative office of the LPR in the Joint Center for Control and Coordination of the Ceasefire Regime (JCCC) clarified that the areas of Zolotoye-5 and the village of Kalinovo were under UAF fire that was carried out from 73-mm mortars, SPG-9 machine-gun anti-tank grenade launchers, AGS-17 automatic machine-gun grenade launchers and small arms.

The victims on the both sides of frontlines in Eastern Ukraine were reported amid the joint exercises in Ukrainian-NATO exercises Sea Breeze 2021 in the Black Sea that hosted participants from more than 30 countries and are the biggest in the last 20 years.

On July 4, on the occasion of Ukrainian National Navy Day, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy visited not a Ukrainian warship, but the destroyer USS Ross in the port of Odessa.

Death Toll Rises In Eastern Ukraine Amid Joint NATO Sea Breeze Exercise