Fighting intensifies in eastern Ukraine
Russia-backed militants attacked positions of the Ukrainian forces 43 times, with 18 facts of violations of Minsk agreements, as 152 mm and 122 mm caliber artillery, 120 mm mortars, tanks, and MLRS were used by terrorists, according to a report by the ATO press center, published on Facebook.
"In particular, artillery shelling of the positions of the ATO forces started at 21:00, lasting to midnight, near the village of Pisky, Avdiyivka, Opytne, Luhanske, Starohnativka, Lozove, Vodiane, and near the Donetsk Airport. At 22.40, the occupants fired 122 mm missiles at our positions near Triohizbenka," reads the statement.
“Yesterday Ukrainian soldiers repelled two enemy attacks. Groups of 15 to 20 militants tried to seize or break through the strong points of our troops. "Our troops repelled the attackers at 21:15 near the village of Avdiyivka and at 21:35 near Verhnyotoretske, forcing them to retreat," the press center reported.
Today, on July 12, from midnight to 06:00, the militants were continuing the attacks. "From 02:17 to 02:25, militants were firing 152 mm caliber artillery at the resident areas of the village of Popasnaya, toward Pervomaisk. Around midnight and about 02:00 - the militants were fired on our positions near Avdiyivka, Svitlodarsk, and Luhanske,"the statement reads.
"Ukrainian fighters firmly hold their ground along the demarcation line. All attempts of Russian occupants to find the dents in our defenses have failed,” the press service wrote.