Ukrainian troops repel militants' attacks on Triokhizbenka, Schastia without casualties

17:20, 31 May 2015
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The Ukrainian troops have repelled all attacks by Russian-backed militants on the village of Triokhizbenka and the town of Schastia in Luhansk region, Press Officer of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) headquarters in the A sector Ruslan Tkachuk told Channel 5.

Russian-backed militants focused fire on the ferries linking the areas controlled by Ukraine and by terrorists / Photo from UNIAN

Militants started shelling the ATO positions on the outskirts of Triokhizbenka and Schastia at 1100 Kyiv time on Sunday.

"Mercenaries were using mortars and small arms, having focused fire on the ferries that link the areas controlled by the Ukrainian authorities and by the terrorists. According to the ATO headquarters, no Ukrainian soldiers were killed or wounded. The area near Triokhizbenka is defended by the Ukrainian Armed Forces' servicemen belonging to the Aidar Battalion," the ATO spokesman said.

What is more, according to Tkachuk, terrorists have spread information that a checkpoint in the village of Stanytsia Luhanska was allegedly opened for civilians, though it remains closed at the moment. Over 500 civilians are now standing at a Ukrainian roadblock, waiting for permission to pass through control there, and there is a threat that terrorists may open fire on them.

As UNIAN reported earlier, the enemy started shelling the outskirts of the town of Schastia shortly after Sunday noon, using 82mm-caliber mortars and heavy machine guns.

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