ATO update: short skirmish breaks out near Maryinka on Thursday
There was a new short skirmish near the town of Maryinka in Donetsk region on Thursday – militants continued firing on Ukrainian troops, according to the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) press center.
In particular, Russian-backed terrorists used 152mm-caliber artillery systems to shell the villages of Luhanske, Lozove and Rozsadky in Artemivsk district, Donetsk region, the press center reported on Facebook on Thursday.
"There was a short skirmish with a group of bandits near the town of Maryinka. After that, the criminals started firing on the village of Opytne, using anti-aircraft systems, mortars and artillery units whose caliber exceeds 100 mm. What is more, an enemy tank and mortars were shelling the town of Avdiyivka," the report said.
What is more, the Ukrainian troops deployed near the village of Shyrokyne, located near the Ukrainian-controlled city of Mariupol, were attacked by enemy grenade launchers and a tank, the press center reported.
"It was quiet in the Luhansk sector until noon. Then combined Russian-separatist forces attacked the village of Sokilnyky, Donetske and Krymske, using grenade launchers, mortars and anti-aircraft systems.
As UNIAN reported earlier, combined Russian-separatist forces early on June 3 launched a massive attack on Ukrainian troops near the town of Maryinka in Donetsk region, which later developed into an advance.
All in all, the enemies, who were using heavy weapons, attacked the Ukrainian positions more than 140 times.
Four Ukrainian soldiers were killed near Maryinka alone on June 3, according to Ukrainian Presidential Advisor Yuriy Biryukov's update as of Thursday morning. Thirty-nine Ukrainian soldiers were wounded, he wrote on Facebook.