Missing Ukrainian colonel found dead in Donbas combat zone

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The body of Ukraine’s National Guard’s Colonel Oleksandr Boyko was found in the hostilities zone of Luhansk Oblast after months of searches, the spokesman of Interior Ministry Artem Shevchenko said on Twitter on Aug. 12.

According to the official, the body was eventually transported to the Ukrainian-controlled city of Severodonetsk.

Boyko, who commanded the National Guard’s Special Forces, went missing on June 3, after a combat mission near the town of Zolote in Luhansk Oblast.

According to the National Guard’s press service report dated June 20, the missed serviceman was presumably taken prisoner by Russian-backed militants, although no information on his fate was available.

Before his death, Boyko served at the Vega Separate Special Forces Detachment located in the city of Ivano-Frankivsk, and earlier – at the 8th Special Forces Regiment in Khmelnytskyi.

Meanwhile, Ukraine’s military press service says on Aug. 13 the situation in the Donbas war zone remains stable, with no tendencies for deterioration. However, fresh overnight shootouts and shelling have been reported from most of the frontline’s close contact zones.

With heavy 120-millimeter mortars, grenade launchers, heavy machine guns and infantry-fighting vehicles engaged in action, the Russian-backed forces assaulted Ukrainian troops at the hotspots of Krymske, Butovka coal mine, Vodyane, Opytne, and Troitske.

As of Aug. 12 morning, one Ukrainian serviceman was killed, two wounded and six more traumatized in action.

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