Photo from the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine

Russia's hybrid military forces mounted 43 attacks on Ukrainian army positions in Donbas in the past 24 hours, with two Ukrainian soldiers reported as killed in action (KIA) and another two as wounded in action (WIA).

"According to intelligence reports, two occupiers were killed and another six were wounded," the press center of Ukraine's Joint Forces Operation (JFO) said in an update on Facebook as of 07:00 Kyiv time on August 19, 2018.

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The Russian occupation forces opened aimed fire from grenade launchers, heavy machine guns and small arms to attack the defenders of the towns of Avdiyivka, Maryinka, Zolote and Popasna, and the villages of Krymske, Novotoshkivske, Kriakivka, Novo-Oleksandrivka, Pivdenne, Novotroyitske, Verkhniotoretske, Pisky, Chermalyk, Vodiane, Hnutove, Lebedynske, Pavlopil and Shyrokyne. In certain areas, the enemy engaged infantry fighting vehicles.

Along with this, the enemy shelled the defenders of Krymske, using 120mm mortars, while the defenders of Kriakivka, Avdiyivka and Verkhniotoretske came under fire from 82mm mortars.

"Since Sunday midnight, Russian-led forces have mounted four attacks on the Ukrainian positions near the villages of Katerynivka, Pavlopil, Vodiane and Shyrokyne. No heavy weapons were used," the report says.