: :inin Kyiv (EET)

Russian troops attacked Ukrainian positions in Donbas 66 times in the past 24 hours, used tanks and mortars, causing military and civilian fatal casualties

Russian troops shelled at Ukrainian territories in all the sectors in Donbas using heavy weapons and snipers. 3 Ukrainian soldiers were killed in action (KIA), and 10 wounded in action (WIA). One Ukrainian civilian was killed by Russian troops and 2 were wounded, according to the press service of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters.

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In the Donetsk sector Russian troops fired mortars on the town of Avdiivka and the villages of Kamianka, Pisky, Zaitseve, and Verkhniotoretske. They used both light and heavy weapons. Russian troops were shooting from south east (Yakovlivka), launching over 100 mortar shells at Ukrainian positions. Russian troops engaged tanks. A civilian died in Avdiivka, and 2 civilians were wounded. 3 residential buildings were damaged in Russian troops’ shooting attack. The Russian troops shelled rocket-propelled grenades and small arms on Kamianka, Zaitseve, Avdiyivka and Pisky. A Russian troops’ sniper was active in Zaitseve. Russian troops started distracting maneuvers near Kamianka and Butivka coal mine. They used tanks and mortars there. Russian troops opened fire from heavy armor at the Svitlodarsk bulge, near the Donetsk airport and near Horlivka. In total, 21 Russian troops’ attacks took place in the Donetsk sector yesterday, and 11 of them involved use of heavy armor.

In the Mariupol sector Russian troops opened fire from 120mm and 82mm mortars on the villages of Shyrokyne and Pavlopil, and rocket-propelled grenades and small arms — on the town of Maryinka, and the villages of Novotroyitske, Novoselivka, Vodiane, Lebedynske, Shyrokyne, Pavlopil and Hnutove. Armored personnel carriers and infantry fighting vehicles were used to attack Shyrokyne. Furthermore, Russian troops’ anti-tank missile systems shelled the village of Bohdanivka. In total, Russian troops conducted 37 attacks in the Mariupol sector yesterday, 4 of them involved use of heavy armor.

In the Luhansk sector Russian troops used 120mm and 82mm mortars in the village of Krymske, rocket-propelled grenades and small arms in the villages of Lobacheve, Novozvanivka, Stanytsia Luhanska and Novo-Oleksandrivka. Russian troops attacked in the Popasna area. In total, Russian troops conducted 8 attacks in the Luhansk sector yesterday, and 2 of them involved use of heavy armor.

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