Situation in ATO zone gets worse: militants fire anti-aircraft systems, mortars

22:15, 28 May 2015
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All areas except for the Artemivsk sector in the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) zone in Donbas were under fire on Thursday, May 28, the ATO press center reported on Facebook.

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Russian-backed militants used mortars, grenade launchers, heavy machine guns and small arms to shell the Ukrainian positions near the villages of Hranitne, Novoselivka, Verkhniotoretske, Butivka coalmine, Opytne, Vodiane, and Severne in the Donetsk sector. The town of Maryinka was under sniper fire.

The town of Schastia in the Luhansk sector was under enemy fire too. Militants fired mortars, grenade launchers, anti-aircraft systems and small arms on the village of Shyrokyne near the Ukrainian-controlled city of Mariupol. The village was also under sniper fire.

"There was no firing only in the Artemivsk sector," the ATO press center said.

Enemy drones were spotted in the sky along the following routes: Donetsk-Horlivka and Pervomaisk-Popasna-Stakhanov.

"While the invaders are shelling civilians in cities and towns, the Ukrainian military in every possible way helps the civilian population," the ATO press center stressed.

On Thursday, a new convoy with Ukrainian humanitarian aid left for the towns of Maryinka and Selydove, and the village of Krasnohorivka. Donetsk Regional Military and Civilian Administration sent seven tonnes of food there. It includes cereals, flour, pasta, sugar, canned meat, butter, baby food, and other products. Also, locals were given tarpaulins for covering damaged roofs of their houses.

In Selydove, humanitarian aid will be distributed among internally displaced persons only. "The relief will be enough for a mere 3,000 people, and a new batch of humanitarian aid is scheduled to be delivered by civilian and military cooperation groups soon," the ATO press center reported.

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