Russian proxies attack Ukrainian positions near Donetsk
The combined Russian-separatist forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in eastern Ukraine 67 times overnight, including 51 times in the area of the militant stronghold of Donetsk, the press center of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) wrote on Facebook on Friday.
"Over the last day, the militants have somewhat reduced the number of attacks and were mainly active near Donetsk. At about 20:00 Kyiv time, the Russian proxies started firing 82mm and 120mm mortars on ATO forces in the village of Pisky in the proximity of the Donetsk airport. From 21:00 to 22:00, the mercenaries were firing 120mm mortars, rocket-propelled grenades and small arms on a fortified position of the Ukrainian armed forces in the town of Krasnohorivka. At about 22:00 Kyiv time, they started firing 122mm artillery systems on the Ukrainian military in the villages of Troitske and Novobakhmutivka, and on the town of Avdiyivka," the press center said.
"At 21:35 Kyiv time and around midnight, the militants started firing 152mm artillery systems on our positions in the village of Starohnatativka near the Ukrainian-controlled port city of Mariupol. And at 22:30 Kyiv time, the occupiers started firing 120mm mortars and 152mm artillery systems on the village of Bohdanivka," the report says.
At 21:35 Kyiv time, the Kremlin-backed mercenaries started firing 152mm artillery systems on ATO forces in the direction of Artemivsk -- on the villages of Rozivka and Druzhba from the village of Kalynove.
There was no shelling reported in the Luhansk area from 22:00 to midnight.
"From midnight to 06:00 Kyiv time on August 21, the militants slightly increased the number of armed provocations. Around midnight, the mercenaries started firing 152mm artillery systems on our positions in the village of Prokhorivka. And at about 04:00 Kyiv time, they started firing the same type of weapons on the villages of Starohnativka, Lebedinske and Bohdanivka," the press center said.