Photo from the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine

Russia's hybrid military forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas 44 times in the past 24 hours, with five Ukrainian soldiers reported as wounded in action (WIA).

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"In the Luhansk sector, the occupiers fired 120mm and 82mm mortars and grenade launchers at our fortified positions near the village of Troyitske. The enemy also used 82mm mortars near the town of Popasna and three times near the village of Novo-Oleksandrivka. In addition, the defenders of the village of Novozvanivka came under fire from grenade launchers and heavy machine guns, while those in the village of Novoselivka were attacked with the use of an anti-aircraft gun and small arms," the press center of the headquarters of Ukraine's military operations reported on Facebook on Tuesday morning.

In the Donetsk sector, the Russian occupation forces used 120mm mortars to shell the Ukrainian positions near the village of Vodiane, while the positions near Butivka coal mine came under 82mm mortar fire.

"The militants also opened fire from grenade launchers, heavy machine guns and small arms to attack the defenders of the town of Avdiyivka, Butivka mine, the villages of Verkhniotoretske, Vodiane, Hnutove, Kamianka and Talakivka. Moreover, our fortified positions near the town of Maryinka, and the villages of Pavlopil and Lebedynske came under fire from heavy machine guns, as well as from small arms near the villages of Nevelske, Pavlopil, Lebedynske and Pyshchevyk. A sniper was active near the towns of Krasnohorivka and Maryinka," the report says.