Russian-led forces in Donbas resort to IFVs, use banned weapons twice in past day

09:23, 27 September 2018
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Photo from Ukraine's Defense Ministry

"The Russian occupation forces mounted 15 attacks on our troops' positions. The enemy twice used the weapons banned by the Minsk agreements," the press center of the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) Headquarters said on Facebook on September 27 in its morning update for September 26.

The enemy opened aimed fire from 120mm mortars, cannons of infantry fighting vehicles, grenade launchers of various systems, large-caliber machine guns, and small arms, it said.

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Under attacks were Ukrainian positions near the towns of Svitlodarsk and Krasnohorivka, as well as the villages of Krymske, Vilny, Chermalyk, Pavlopil, Hnutove, Vodiane, Lebedynske, and Shyrokyne.

Russian-led forces resorted to 120mm mortars to shell JFO positions near Krymske in the Luhansk sector and Hnutove in the Azov Sea area. Ukrainian defenders of Hnutove and Lebedynske were attacked by IFVs.

No Ukrainian army casualties were reported.

According to Ukrainian intelligence reports, two enemy troops were eliminated and another two were wounded.

Since Thursday midnight, the occupation forces have already mounted seven attacks on Ukrainian positions. They used large-caliber machine guns and small arms near the villages of Novotoshkivske, Vilny, Pavlopil, Hnutove, Vodiane, Lebedynske, and Shyrokyne.

What is more, enemy troops used a ZU-23-2 towed 23mm anti-aircraft twin-barreled autocannon to shell Ukrainian soldiers deployed near Novotoshkivske in the Luhansk sector.

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