Russian-backed militants attack Ukrainian forces 10 times overnight

14:19, 04 January 2015
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Russian-backed militants in Ukraine’s Donbas conflict zone attacked Ukrainian military positions 10 times overnight, the press service of the Ukrainian government’s Anti-Terrorist Operation reported on Sunday.

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The press service said the attacks were carried out using a variety of weapons, including multiple rocket launcher systems.

"Using small arms and rocket-propelled grenades, the militants twice attacked our defenders at Donetsk airport, and attacked three times the village Nikishin,” the press service said.

“Near Noviy Aydar the terrorists used anti-tank guided missiles."

The militants also opened fire with artillery near the settlements of Bogdanovka and Orlovskoe, the press service said. The outskirts of the village of Hnutova were also hit by a barrage of Grad rockets.

The ATO press service said situation in the Donbas conflict zone has not changed significantly. The Ukrainian authorities say the Russian-backed militants who have seized control of parts of Ukraine’s Luhansk and Donestk regions have stepped up their attacks on Ukrainian forces since the New Year.

Ukraine unilaterally declared a ceasefire in the Donbas conflict zone on December 9, but the militants have continued to attacked Ukrainian forces. However, the intensity and frequency of the militants’ attack had begun to fall before New Year.

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