: :inin Kyiv (EET)

Russian militants attacked Ukrainian positions in Donbas from artillery and mortar launcher, 3 Ukrainian troops were killed


Russian militants continue shelling Ukrainian positions in Avdiyivka from artillery and mortar launchers. Ukrainian troops along the entire frontline have been placed on the high alert. 3 Ukrainian soldiers were killed and one soldier was injured, as reported by the press center of the Headquarters of the Anti-Terrorist Operation.

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In the Mariupol sector Russian militants conducted the biggest number of shooting attacks at Ukrainian positions yesterday and used entire batteries of heavy armor. The number of incidents reached 38, and 14 involved use of heavy armor. Russian militants shelled Ukrainian positions between Novotroitske and Dokuchaevsk from mortar launchers. They launched several dozen mortar shells from Donetsk toward Krasnohorivka. Russian militants focused their efforts on coastal area. They launched over 180 122-mm bombs at Ukrainian positions in Vodiane within 180 minutes, shooting not from one spot, but from two – from Zaichenko and Sakhanka.

In the Luhansk sector yesterday Russian militants provided the hardest attack in Krymske. Russian militants launched 50 bombs during two artillery barrages. A series of hostile provocations took place in the Popasna area between 3 and 8 p.m. In total, Russian militants attacked 6 times in the Luhansk sector, using heavy weapons 2 times.

In the Donetsk sector yesterday Russian militants attacked the Avdiivka industrial area. They randomly used heavy armor. 2 mortar attacks took place at the Svitlodarsk bulge. 3 Russian militants’ provocations took place in Zaitseve, Verkhiotoretske and Kamianets. Russian militants made an assault at Avdiivka industrial area this morning. Artillery preparation started at 5 a.m., and after 7 a.m. they changed over to the offensive. Adversaries have not succeeded as the attack failed; Russian militants incurred losses and retreated southwards. Capable countermeasures taken by Ukrainian troops played the key role in this success. In total, 11 Russian militants’ attacks took place in the Donetsk sector in the last 24 hours, and 3 of them involved use of heavy armor.


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