: :inin Kyiv (EET)

Russian militants attacked Ukraine 50 times in last 24 hours, used artillery, mortars and Grads

Combined Russian-separatist forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in eastern Ukraine 50 times in the past 24 hours, including twice on the settlement, according to the press service of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters.

In the Mariupol sector, the enemy repeatedly fired 122mm artillery systems, 120mm and 82-mm mortars, grenade launchers of various systems on the villages of Shyrokyne, Lebedynske, Talakivka and Vodiane.

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The village of Novotroyitske came under fire from rocket-propelled grenades, and the village of Shyrokyne was shelled from infantry fighting vehicles.

The militants attacked the Ukrainian positions near Vodiane, but had to retreat after the return fire.

In the Donetsk sector, the occupiers fired 152mm artillery systems on the Ukrainian positions near the villages of Krasniy Pakhar and Sieverne. They used 122mm artillery systems, mortars, infantry fighting vehicles and heavy machine guns near the village of Luhanske. The militants fired 120mm and 82mm mortars, grenade launchers of various systems on the town of Avdiyivka, and the villages of Novoluhanske, Pivdenne, Novoselivka Druha and Verkhniotoretske. Additionally, they once again fired 152mm artillery systems on the village of Myronivka.

The militants tried to attack the Ukrainian positions three times near the so-called Svitlodarska Duha bulge, and each time they had to retreat, taking away the wounded.

In the Luhansk sector, Russia`s hybrid military force opened fire from Grad multiple rocket missile systems on the village of Syze. The militants also fired 152mm artillery systems on the village of Troyitske and twice on the village of Novozvanivka. Furthermore, they fired 120mm mortars, rocket-propelled grenades and small arms on the villages of Troyitske, Novo-Oleksandrivka, Zhovte, Lobacheve and Stanytsia Luhanska.

See also: In two-hour battle against Russian troops on Sunday 5 Ukrainian soldiers killed, 26 wounded


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