Militants attempt to storm Maloorlovka overnight
Russian-backed militants tried to storm the village of Maloorlovka in Donetsk region overnight, the Ukrainian government’s Anti-Terrorist Operation press center reported on Thursday.
According to the report, at "about 0300 am, the enemy began assault operations in the area of Maloorlovka, but faced a rebuff from the ATO forces and was forced to retreat."
As UNIAN reported earlier, in last day Russian-backed militants in the Donbas conflict zone fired the positions of ATO forces 103 times.
The fighting in the east of Ukraine has worsened significantly in recent weeks. Last Friday the leader of the Donetsk People’s Republic militant organization, Oleksandr Zakharchenko, said his militants were capable of launching attacks on three fronts simultaneously.
He said the militants intended to increase the area under their control to encompass the whole of Donetsk region. The militants control less than half of it at the moment. He also said the militants intended to take the southern city of Mariupol, but later denied this after news emerged of deadly rocket attacks on the city that left 31 people dead.
The OSCE and Human Right Watch determined from an analysis of craters left by the rockets that the attacks were launched from areas held by the Russian-backed militants.