Russian proxies attack Ukraine 42 times in last 24 hours

Combined Russian-separatist forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in eastern Ukraine 42 times in the past 24 hours, including 21 times in the Donetsk sector, 19 times in the Mariupol sector and twice in the Luhansk sector, according to the press center of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters.

In the Mariupol sector, the enemy fired from mortars of various calibers, rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns on the Ukrainian fortified positions in the village of Vodiane, as well as from infantry fighting vehicles. The militants also fired grenade launchers on the Ukrainian positions in the town of Krasnohorivka, and the villages of Taramchuk and Hranitne, as well as mortars in the villages of Novotroyitske and Pavlopil. They also fired from an anti-aircraft gun near the town of Maryinka. The situation was tense in the villages of Luhanske and Starohnativka. The enemy snipers were active near Maryinka and the village of Shyrokyne.

”At about 22:00 Kyiv time, under cover of darkness, an enemy group of up to eight people approached our checkpoint near the village of Bohdanivka. At a distance of about 500 meters, the saboteurs opened fire from rocket-propelled grenades and small arms. The Ukrainian defenders were ready to provocations and gave a fitting rebuff. In an hour, the enemy retreated in the opposite direction. There were no losses among the Ukrainian military personnel.”

”In the Donetsk sector, the enemy fired mortars and machine guns on the defenders of the town of Avdiyivka and the village of Nevelske. In the villages of Zaitseve and Nyzhnie Lozove, the enemy fired from infantry fighting vehicles 16 times. The occupiers opened from an antitank missile system on the village of Opytne. They also fired from infantry fighting vehicles and heavy machine guns in the village of Luhanske. In addition, an enemy sniper was working there,” the report says.

In Luhansk region, the Russian-backed mercenaries opened fire from grenade launchers and small arms twice on the Ukrainian positions in the villages of Novozvanivka and Lopaskyne. There was a lull in this sector from the second half of the day.

”The enemy has stepped conducting aerial reconnaissance in Donetsk region. Three flights of unmanned aerial vehicles were recorded in the last day,” the press center said.

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