ATO: Situation in Donbas worsens, militants using heavy artillery widely

11:00, 06 May 2015
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Russian-backed militants in the Donbas violated the supposed ceasefire in the area 42 times on Tuesday from 1800 to midnight, and used heavy artillery intensively in their attacks on Ukrainian positions, the Ukrainian military said on Wednesday.


In Donetsk region militants fired three times on Ukrainian army positions with 152 millimeter caliber artillery not far from Avdiivka, and attacked twice near Shyrokyne, the press service of Ukraine’s Anti-Terrorist Operation headquarters said.

 "The Ukrainian military positions near the village of Shyrokyne were shelled by 122mm caliber artillery two times. The militants used the same weapons when launching an attack on [Ukrainian] fortifications near the settlements of Opytne and Vodyanoye," the press service statement reads.

The militants used 120 millimeter mortars to shell the positions of Ukrainian troops near the village of Opytne, Sieverne, Hranitne, Shyrokyne and Pisky, while near the village of Kirovo Ukrainian troops were attacked by tanks, mortars and small arms.

In Luhansk region, the most intensive attacks - with the militants using anti-aircraft guns, automatic grenade launchers and small arms - were launched near the village of Stanitsa-Luhanska.

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