Russian proxies attack ATO forces 92 times overnight
The combined Russian-separatist forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in eastern Ukraine 92 times overnight, using banned artillery systems nine times, mortars 37 times, and rocket-propelled grenade launchers 19 times, the press center of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) wrote on Facebook on Wednesday.
"From 18:00 to midnight on August 26, the situation was tense in the Donbas conflict zone. In the area of the militant-controlled city of Donetsk, at about 20:00 Kyiv time, the militants started firing 120mm mortars on our fortified position in the village of Pisky in the vicinity of the Donetsk airport, as well as twice on ATO forces in the village of Opytne. They also used 122mm artillery systems to shell the Ukrainian troops in the town of Avdiyivka," the press center said.
"At about 21:00 Kyiv time, the occupiers started firing 152mm artillery systems and rocket-propelled grenades on our fortified positions in the village of Troitske, and 122mm artillery systems on the town of Maryinka. In the evening, the mercenaries were firing artillery systems on the village of Novoselivka Druha. At midnight, enemy infantry fighting vehicles attacked ATO forces in the village of Opytne and the town of Krasnohorivka. What is more, the criminals were firing 122mm artillery systems on residential areas of Avdiyivka from 23:00 to midnight," the report says.
The situation was also tense near the Ukrainian-controlled port city of Mariupol at the end of the day. At about 19:00 Kyiv time, the Russian proxies started firing mortars on fortified positions of the Ukrainian armed forces in the village of Starohnativka. And at 19:50 Kyiv time, a sabotage and reconnaissance group of militants was trying to bypass the Ukrainian positions near the village of Novotroitske.
The village of Stanytsia Luhanska became the epicenter of clashes in Luhansk region in the evening. The Kremlin-backed mercenaries fired rocket-propelled grenades, mortars and heavy machine guns several times on ATO forces there.