Russian proxies attack Ukrainian troops 82 times overnight
The combined Russian-separatist forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in eastern Ukraine 82 times overnight, using banned artillery systems, mortars, rocket-propelled grenade launchers and small arms, the press center of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) wrote on its Facebook page on Thursday.
From 18:00 on July 29 to midnight on July 30, the illegal armed groups fired on ATO forces near the city of Donetsk and the town of Artemivsk.
"From 17:45 to 20:30 on July 29, the enemy was firing 120mm mortars on our fortified position near the village of Pisky [close to the destroyed Donetsk airport]. At 21:00 and 22:00 Kyiv time, the Russian mercenaries fired tank shells from the town of Horlivka on ATO forces near the village of Leninske. At 21:35 Kyiv time, the enemy's tank attacked our positions in the village of Triokhizbenka in Luhansk region. In addition, they three times fired 120mm mortars on the town of Krasnohorivka and the village of Maiorske," the report says.
According to the press center, the enemy continued using large-caliber artillery systems.
"At 22:15 Kyiv time, the militants fired 152mm artillery systems on the village of Yasnobrodivka in Donetsk region. At 22:35 Kyiv time, they shelled ATO forces again near the village of Leninske, using 152mm and 122mm artillery systems. At 23:45 Kyiv time, the positions of the Ukrainian armed forces near the village of Starohnativka in the Mariupol sector were under tank and artillery fire," the report reads.
After midnight, the Kremlin-backed mercenaries continued their armed provocations mainly in the directions of Artemivsk and Donetsk.