Russia's hybrid military forces mounted nine attacks on Ukrainian army positions in Donbas in the past 24 hours, with one Ukrainian soldier reported as killed in action (KIA).

"One Ukrainian soldier was killed in the past day. According to intelligence reports, one occupier was killed and another four 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 October 24, 2018.

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Russian occupation forces opened aimed fire from grenade launchers of various systems, heavy machine guns and small arms to attack the defenders of the towns of Avdiyivka and Maryinka, and the villages of Stanytsia Luhanska, Starohnativka, Pavlopil, Vodiane, and Hnutove.

The enemy also resorted to 82mm mortars, grenade launchers of various systems and small arms to shell the Ukrainian fortified positions near Avdiyivka. In addition, the Ukrainian positions near Pavlopil and Vodiane were attacked with the use of automatic and hand-held grenade launchers and small arms.

"Since Wednesday midnight, Russian-led forces have attacked the Ukrainian positions near the village of Taramchuk in the Donetsk sector, using large-caliber machine guns and small arms. No Ukrainian army casualties have been reported since the start of the day," reads the report.

"Despite continuous enemy shelling, the defending units continue fortifying their positions, taking measures to improve their tactical deployment and adequately responding to enemy [attacks]," the JFO's press center said.