Militants fire tank shells and mortars on Ukrainian army in Donetsk region overnight

10:00, 07 July 2015
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Russia-backed militants attacked Ukrainian army positions and civilian areas in eastern Ukraine 26 times from Monday evening to midnight, including four attacks with banned 120mm mortars, the press center of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) wrote on its Facebook page on Tuesday.

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From about 20:20, the militants fired mortar bombs for half an hour on the positions of the Ukrainian armed forces near the village of Troitske in Donetsk region. From 22:30, they fired for 40 minutes on the Ukrainian army positions near the village of Pisky. At 21:35, the militants attacked the Ukrainian troops near the town of Schastia near Luhansk, and at 22:00, they brought under fire the ATO soldiers near the village of Novotroitske in the direction of Mariupol.

From 17:50 to 19:30, near the village of Bohdanivka, in close proximity to Mariupol, the Ukrainian military successfully repelled the attack of the pro-Russian militants.

"Russia-backed militants provoked Ukrainian military to return fire, shooting at our positions with small arms. In Luhansk region, they attacked near the villages of Krymske and Stanytsia Luhanska, the towns of Schastia and Zolote. In the Donetsk region, they attacked near the villages of Verkhniotoretske, Pisky, Opytne, the town of Maryinka, etc.," the headquarters wrote.

Today, from midnight the militants used 120mm mortars against the positions of the Ukrainian armed forces near the villages of Novhorodske and Pavlopil in Donetsk region. In addition, near Pavlopil, at 04:10 the militants fired tank shells. Moreover, they fired small arms toward the town of Maryinka, the villages of Luhanske and Opytne in Donetsk region.

"The situation in the Donbas conflict zone is still under control of the Ukrainian military," the ATO press-center wrote.

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