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ATO: Shelling continues, Ukrainian army repels militant attacks in Luhansk region

Russian-backed militants in the Donbas attacked Ukrainian army positions 23 times from 1800 to midnight on Tuesday, Ukraine’s Anti-Terrorist Operation press service reported on its Facebook page on Wednesday.

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"In Donetsk region, the militants fired 120mm mortars four times and tank rounds once at the fortified positions of the Ukrainian troops. They also fired automatic grenade launchers and small arms near the town of Avdiivka and the village of Opytne," the report reads.

In the area of Mariupol, the militants fired mortars on the positions of the Ukrainian armed forces near the village of Chermalyk. They also fired small arms six times at a fortified position of the Ukrainian army near the village of Shyrokino.

As reported, the attacks began at 1730, after the representatives of the OSCE special monitoring mission left Shyrokino.

According to the report, a fighting between the militants and the Ukrainian army took place at 2000 in Luhansk region near the village of Sokolnyky, during which the militants fired mortars, anti-aircraft guns, and automatic and anti-tank grenade launchers. The Ukrainian army repelled the attackers. The militants also fired small arms on the positions of the Ukrainian armed forces near the villages of Shastya and Orikhove.

"From 2000 to 2200, the Ukrainian army recorded 22 reconnaissance overflights by enemy drones. One of them, flying at an altitude of over 3,000 meters from the town of Starobilsk towards the village of Lyman in Luhansk region, was shot down by a Ukrainian anti-aircraft missile system," the headquarters said.

However, the ATO press center said that there were no cases of shelling of residential areas in this period.

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