: :inin Kyiv (EET)

Russian troops attacked Ukraine 115 times in Donbas, used Grad rocket systems, 3 Ukrainian soldiers killed in the past 24 hours

Russian troops’ shooting attacks continued non-stop in Donbas in the last day. 3 Ukrainian soldiers reported as killed in action, 2 of them were killed in the vicinity of Halytsynivka as a result of Russian troops’ attacks from Grad MRLS (multiple launch rocket system), and 8 Ukrainian soldiers were wounded in action, according to the press service of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters.

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In the Donetsk sector, Russian troops fired from the occupied Staromykhailivka using BM-21 Grad MLRS multiple rocket launchers on the village of Halytsynivka. Russian troops fired from 152mm and 122mm artillery systems and 120mm and 82mm mortars on the town of Avdiyivka and the villages of Luhanske, Troyitske, and Zaitseve. Avdiivka, the vicinity of the Donetsk airport and the Azov Sea are the most restless frontline areas. Russian troops brought up tanks to Avdiivka yesterday and started shelling Ukrainian troops’ positions. Local inhabitants were victims of Russian troops’ attacks yet another time. A multi-storey building was damaged by a direct hit of Russian troops’ missile which left a family with five small children homeless. State Emergency Service of Ukraine evacuated 244 people from the town, 114 of them being children. Russian troops repeatedly used tanks when shelling villages of Pisky, Kamianka and Luhanske. Russian troops also opened fire from small arms on the village of Zaitseve. Russian troops resumed hours-long shooting attacks at Butovka coal mineposition and Ukrainian strongholds near Donetsk airport. The situation was also restless at the Svitlodarsk bulge where Russian troops were actively shooting at Ukrainian troops from heavy large caliber weapons.

See also: New video and satellite photo of Russian shelling from residential area in Donetsk

In the Mariupol sector, Rusiian troops’ shooting attack continued non-stop all day long in the south area, along Pavlopil-Shyrokyne line. Russian troops kept using large artillery and mortar launchers and sporadically used tanks in southernmost area – in Shyrokyne. The number of hostile missiles reaches hundreds. Russian troops used rocket artillery early in the morning and late at night.Russian troops used Grad BM-21 multiple rocket launchers as well as 152mm and 122mm artillery systems to shell the village of Talakivka. The towns of Krasnohorivka and Mariinka, and the villages of Vodiane, Lebedynske, Novotroyitske, Pavlopil, Shyrokyne, and Chermalyk came under fire from 120mm and 82mm mortars. Russian troops shelled Ukrainian positions near Novotroitske 4 times, using cannons and mortar launchers 3 times. Russian troops also fired from rocket-propelled grenades on the village of Hnutove. The Russian troops’ sniper was active near Pavlopil. Vodiane and Lebedynske were attacked by an infantry fighting vehicle, Chermalyk came under fire of assault antitank weapons. Shyrokyne was attacked by an infantry fighting vehicle and a tank.

In the Luhansk sector, Russian troops used 152mm and 122 mm artillery systems, and 120mm and 82 mortars to shell the town Popasna and the villages of Troyitske, Novooleksandrivka, and Novozvanivka. They fired rocket-propelled grenades and small arms on the villages of Krymske and Katerynivka. The villages of Stanytsia Luhanska and Valuyske came under fire from grenade launchers, and a sniper was active there. The situation was the most difficult in the Popasna district with epicenter in Troitske, where Russian troops were using heavy weapons all day long. Russian troops fired anti-aircraft guns on Troyitske.

Ukrainian military intelligence reports that military political authorities of Russian Federation warned authorities of self-proclaimed “Donetsk people’s republic” (DNR) that they will be dismissed in case they lose control over “Yasynuvata stronghold”.

See also: After UN Security Council briefing on Russia shelling at Donbas, Ukraine Presidential Administration talks about UN peacekeeping mission


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