: :inin Kyiv (EET)

Russia intensifies of attacks near Avdiivka, Ukraine reports 9 wounded after 74 attacks in last day

Russia`s hybrid military forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas 74 times in the past 24 hours with nine 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 Russian occupation forces used proscribed 120mm mortars to shell the village of Novotroyitske. Heavy machine guns and small arms were used to fire on the villages of Chermalyk, Talakivka, Hnutove, Starohnativka, Vodiane, and Shyrokyne. Additionally, enemy snipers were active in the villages of Vodiane, Pavlopil, Shyrokyne, Novotroyitske, and Hnutove.

Russia`s occupation forces have changed tactics of warfare near the town of Avdiyivka: the intensity of attacks has decreased since morning, but enemy snipers have advanced to the forefront, according to a Ukrainian defense ministry spokesman.

”In the Donetsk sector, the occupiers used 120mm and 82mm mortars to shell the town of Avdiyivka, and the villages of Novoluhanske, Luhanske, Zaitseve, and Troyitske. Large-caliber machine guns and small arms were also used to fire on the town of Avdiyivka, and the villages of Pisky, Novoselivka, Verkhniotoretske, Kamianka, Luhanske, Zaitseve, and Zhovte. Furthermore, the enemy repeatedly used infantry fighting vehicles to attack the villages of Opytne and Luhanske. Snipers were working in Avdiyivka,” the headquarters said.

”Yesterday, a powerful barrage was reported in the village of Kamianka: it lasted almost seven hours,” Motuzianyk said.

In the Luhansk sector, Russia`s hybrid military forces lobbed anti-tank missiles into the village of Novo-Oleksandrivka. Moreover, they used mortars, grenade launchers, small arms and anti-tank missile systems to fire on the village of Novozvanivka. The villages of Stanytsia Luhanska and Zhovte came under sniper fire.

Earlier, a new truce in Donbas planned as of February 20 in keeping with last week`s agreements in Minsk failed after the occupiers attacked Ukrainian positions in the early hours on the same day.

See also: Nearly 10,000 people killed in Ukraine and almost 1.8 million became refugees in 3 years of Russian aggression


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