Russian militants attacked Ukraine positions 52 times in last day, used 152mm artillery, mortars and rocket system

Russian militants attacked Ukraine 52 times in last day, 1 WIA Combined Russian-separatist forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in eastern Ukraine 52 times in the past 24 hours, one Ukrainian soldier was wounded in action (WIA), according to the press service of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters.

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In the Mariupol sector, the Russian militants repeatedly fired mortars of different calibers on the villages of Vodiane, Lebedynske and Shyrokyne, as well as rocket-propelled grenades and small arms on the villages of Hnutove, Shyrokyne, Talakivka and Pavlopil. The occupiers also repeatedly used infantry fighting vehicles in Shyrokyne.

Law enforcement officers found a weapons cache in Novoluhanske (Bakhmut district, Donetsk region) yesterday. Ten anti-tank mines, nine TNT blocks and a F-1 grenade were seized from the cache. Owner of the cache is being identified at present.

Russia-backed Russian militants violated ceasefire 15 times in 24 hours in the Donetsk sector, using mortar launchers six times. Half of all the attacks took place at the Svitlodarsk bulge. One serviceman was wounded in mortar attack at the Svitlodarsk bulge.

In the Luhansk sector, the enemy fired 120mm mortars on the villages of Novozvanivka and Bohuslavske, and grenade launchers on the villages of Novo-Oleksandrivka and Stanytsia Luhanska. In the Donetsk sector, Russia’s hybrid military force fired 152mm artillery systems on the Ukrainian positions near the village of Troyitske. They also shelled 120mm and 82mm mortars on Troyitske, and the villages of Zaitseve and Luhanske. Additionally, the Russian militants repeatedly fired from rocket-propelled grenades and small arms on the town of Avdiyivka, and the villages of Luhanske and Kruta Balka.

Ukrainian military engineers put up additional banners near Vynohradne in the Mariupol sector warning against the danger of planted mines. These measures are taken by the Ministry of Defense jointly with the OSCE Projects Coordinator’s Office.

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