Combined Russian-separatist forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in eastern Ukraine 85 times in the past 24 hours, including 37 times in the Donetsk sector, 35 times in the Luhansk sector and 13 times in the Mariupol sector, according to the press center of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters.
The Russian-backed forces continue to violate the Minsk agreements and use large-caliber weapons, the ATO HQ wrote on Facebook on Monday.
In the Mariupol sector, the militants fired mortars of different calibers on the village of Shyrokyne and the town of Maryinka. They also fired from 82mm mortars and small arms on the town of Krasnohorivka, as well as from infantry fighting vehicles on the villages of Vodiane and Starohnativka. In addition, enemy snipers were active near Maryinka, Starohnativka and Novotroyitske.
”At about 22:42 Kyiv time, an enemy sabotage and reconnaissance group of up to five people was spotted near the village of Bohdanivka. The enemy approached at a distance of 100 meters and opened fire from small arms and easel automatic grenade launchers. Due to coordinated actions of the Ukrainian troops, the enemy had to retreat. The skirmish lasted for 18 minutes,” the press center said.
The enemy also conducted aerial reconnaissance near the village of Novotroyitske.
”In the Donetsk sector, the occupiers used heavy 152mm and 122mm artillery systems. The situation was particularly hot near the town of Avdiyivka at night as the enemy used more than one hundred of ammunition. The militants fired mortars of various calibers, rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns on our positions in Avdiyivka, and the villages of Opytne, Zaitseve and Pisky. The situation was also tense in the villages of Maiorsk, Kamianka and Troyitske,” the press center said.
At the same time, in Luhansk region, the enemy opened chaotic fire from 82mm mortars and rocket-propelled grenades on the Ukrainian positions near the villages of Novotoshkivske, Novozvanivka and Krymske, provoking Ukrainian soldiers to fire back. The militants also used rocket-propelled grenades near the town of Popasna, and the villages of Novo-Oleksandrivka and Stanytsia Luhanska.