24 October 2016

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Russian proxies attack Ukraine 96 times in last day amid escalation

Combined Russian-separatist forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in eastern Ukraine 96 times in the past 24 hours, according to the press center of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters.

Photo from UNIAN
Photo from UNIAN

"The enemy opened artillery fire six times on the town of Avdiyivka, having launched more than 130 shells of 122mm caliber on our defenders. The same caliber was used during shelling of the villages of Pisky, Novoselivka Druha and Pershe Travnia. About 40 shells were launched on the village of Luhanske," the report says.

The militants do not stop mortar and grenade attacks on the Ukrainian positions along the entire demarcation line in this area. They fired from infantry fighting vehicles in the villages of Novhorodske and Zaitseve, as well as an anti-tank missile system in Novoselivka Druha. A sniper was active in Avdiyivka.

"32 cases of the enemy fire were recorded in the Mariupol sector. Russia's hybrid military force fired 122mm artillery systems on the town of Maryinka, as well as 152mm artillery systems on the Ukrainian fortified positions in the village of Sionitne. In the area of Krasnohorivka-Shyrokyne, the enemy actively used mortars, rocket-propelled grenades and heavy machine guns. The occupiers involved armored personnel carriers near Shyrokyne, as well as fired from infantry fighting vehicles near Krasnohorivka. A sniper was active in Maryinka," the press center said.

Ukraine reports 8 WIA in past 24 hoursIn Luhansk region, the Russian-backed mercenaries fired 122mm heavy artillery systems thrice on the town of Popasna, as well as the village of Novo-Oleksandrivka. In addition to artillery systems, the enemy fired grenade launchers and mortars on the Ukrainian fortified positions.

The militants fired grenade launchers in the town of Zolote, and the villages of Stanytsia Luhanska and Krymske. The enemy armored vehicles were used in Stanytsia Luhanska. A sniper pair was working in Popasna and Novo-Oleksandrivka.

Despite the intensification of enemy actions, the ATO forces completely control the situation along the demarcation line, the headquarters said.

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