Combined Russian-separatist forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in eastern Ukraine 61 times in the past 24 hours, including 31 times in the Mariupol sector, 16 times in the Donetsk sector and 14 times in the Luhansk sector, according to the press center of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters.
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The situation was most tense in the Mariupol sector, where occupiers fired grenade launchers, heavy machine guns and small arms in the villages of Vodiane, Hnutove, Starohnativka, Shyrokyne and Novohryhorivka. They also fired mortars into the towns of Krasnohorivka and Maryinka. In the area of Shyrokyne-Maryinka, the enemy attacked using infantry fighting vehicles. In addition, snipers were active in this area. Fire from anti-aircraft guns was also reported near Maryinka.
In the Donetsk sector, Russia`s hybrid military force fired 82mm mortar shells, heavy machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades at Ukrainian troops in the villages of Nevelske and Maiorsk, and the town of Avdiyivka. In the village of Zaitseve, the enemy opened fire with grenade launchers, as well as from machine guns in the village of Novoselivka Druha. In the village of Luhanske, in addition to rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns, the militants fired from infantry fighting vehicles. The same type of weapons was used in Maiorsk. Additionally, sniper fire was recorded in Avdiyivka.
In Luhansk region, in continued violation of the Minsk agreements, Russian-backed mercenaries fired heavy artillery and 120mm mortar shells near the village of Novo-Oleksandrivka. They also fired heavy machine guns and grenade launchers on Ukrainian fortified positions near the villages of Novozvanivka, Stanytsia Luhanska and Zhovte. The enemy fired rocket-propelled grenades in the villages of Lopaskyne and Stariy Aidar, as well as heavy machine guns in the village of Krymske. The occupiers also fired from infantry fighting vehicles near Stariy Aidar.
The militants continue active aerial reconnaissance. The Ukrainian army spotted seven UAVs over Ukrainian positions in the past day.