: :inin Kyiv (EET)

Russian troops attacked Ukrainian position in Donbas 197 times in past 48 hours, 1 soldier killed, 10 wounded


Russia`s hybrid military forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas 91 times in the past 24 hours, with four Ukrainian soldiers reported as wounded in action (WIA), according to the press service of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters.

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In the Donetsk sector, the Russian occupation forces fired all types of weapons, including heavy mortars and tank shells on the Ukrainian positions near the town of Avdiyivka. The enemy shelled 120mm mortars on Butivka coal mine, and the Ukrainian positions near the villages of Kamianka and Troyitske. The villages of Luhanske and Zaitseve came under fire from grenade launchers of various systems, infantry fighting vehicles and mortars. The militants also used 82mm mortars in the village of Maiorsk, as well as infantry fighting vehicles in the village of Pisky. Additionally, the occupiers fired grenade launchers and small arms on the Ukrainian fortified positions near the villages of Novhorodske and Opytne. At about 23:00 Kyiv time, the enemy carried out provocative shelling from 152mm artillery systems toward the village of Klischiivka, which is on the Bakhmutka highway and is not on the contact line.

”In the Mariupol sector, the Russian-backed mercenaries opened fire from machine guns, infantry fighting vehicles and anti-aircraft guns on the Ukrainian positons near the villages of Shyrokyne and Vodiane. Furthermore, they used 120mm mortars and 122mm artillery systems near the village of Pavlopil,” the report says.

The occupiers opened fire from machine guns and tripod-mounted man-portable antitank guns near the villages of Hnutove and Taramchuk, as well as from infantry fighting vehicles near the village of Novohryhorivka. Furthermore, they used heavy machine guns near the town of Maryinka, and 82mm mortars and grenade launchers in the town of Krasnohorivka.

In the Luhansk sector, the shelling was conducted from grenade launchers of various systems and 82mm and 120mm mortars near the villages of Novo-Oleksandrivka and Krymske. The invaders fired 82mm mortars near the village of Orikhove, and automatic grenade launchers near the village of Lobacheve. Moreover, the Ukrainian fortified positions near the village of Valuiske came under fire from small arms.

In addition, around midnight, the enemy tried to attack the Ukrainian positions near the villages of Novo-Oleksandrivka and Novozvanivka, using 122mm artillery systems.

Russia`s hybrid military forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas 106 times on March 15, with six Ukrainian soldiers reported as wounded in action (WIA), according to the press service of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters.

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In the Mariupol sector, the Ukrainian positions in the villages of Vodiane, Pavlopil and Hnutove came under enemy mortar fire. Militants opened fire from a tank in the town of Maryinka, as well as infantry fighting vehicles — in the villages of Vodiane, Shyrokyne and Berezove. Additionally, snipers were active near the villages of Hnutove, Novomykhailivka and Shyrokyne.

In the Donetsk sector, the situation was tense near the town of Avdiyivka, where the Russian mercenaries were intensively firing machine guns, grenade launchers of various systems, mortars, and tank shells on the Ukrainian fortified positions. The occupiers also shelled grenade launchers and mortars on the Ukrainian positions near the villages of Zaitseve, Opytne, Luhanske, Troyitske, Kamianka and Butivka coal mine, as well as 122mm artillery systems near Luhanske.

In the Luhansk sector, the Russian occupation forces fired 120mm mortars, grenade launchers and machine guns on the Ukrainian fortified positions near the village of Krymske. Moreover, enemy snipers were active near the villages of Novo-Oleksandrivka, Zhovte and Novozvanivka.


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