ATO: Militants attack Ukrainian troops more than 40 times overnight

11:43, 05 June 2015
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Russian-backed militants in the Donbas attacked Ukrainian army positions more than 40 times from Thursday evening to midnight, using banned mortars and multiple rocket launchers, the press center of the Anti-Terrorist Operation said on its Facebook page on Friday.


According to the report, the most difficult situation was in the area of Donetsk.

"The militants fired artillery and mortars on the villages of Pisky, Berezove, Pervomaiske, Opytne, Bohdanivka, the mine of Butivka, and Novobakhmutivka," the report says.

In addition, Russian-backed militants fired tank shells on the villages of Berezove and Vodiane, and multiple rocket launchers on the village of Starohnativka.

"The situation remains tense in the area of the town of Maryinka. The militants fired grenade launchers and small arms on the positions of the Ukrainian army there," the press center said.

In the area of Mariupol, the militants fired 122mm artillery on the village of Hranitne.

In the area of Luhansk, the militants fired 120mm mortars on the village of Novotoshkivske.

After midnight, the number of attacks decreased.

"The militants fired 120mm artillery and Grad multiple rocket launchers on the positions of the Ukrainian armed forces near the village of Hranitne," the press center said.

"During this period, the Ukrainian army recorded more than 30 reconnaissance overflights by enemy drones," the ATO headquarters said.

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