ATO forces in Donetsk sector under militant fire whole day on Sunday

21:26, 22 November 2015
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On Sunday, Russian-backed militants were shelling Ukrainian positions, focusing fire on the Donetsk sector, according to the press service of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO).


"As was the case before, the terrorists focused fire on the Donetsk sector today. They used grenade launchers, large-caliber machine guns and small arms to shell the towns of Avdiyivka and Maryinka and the villages of Pisky [near the ruined Donetsk airport] and Opytne. An 82mm-caliber mortar was once used to shell the village of Luhanske in the Artemivsk sector," the press service wrote on Facebook on Sunday.

What is more, the Russian proxies used the guns of infantry combat vehicles, heavy guns and small arms to directly shell Ukrainian positions near the village of Opytne in Donetsk region and 82mm-caliber mortars to shell the village of Sukhodil in Luhansk region, the press center said.

For the first time over the past week, militants on Saturday violated the ceasefire near the town of Schastia in Luhansk region, presidential administration spokesperson for ATO issues Oleksandr Motuzianyk said at a briefing in Kyiv on Sunday.

"For the first time over the week, the enemy violated the ceasefire in Schastia. Late on [Saturday] evening, they were shelling our positions from the right bank of the Siversky Donets River for about an hour, using grenade launchers and 82mm-caliber mortars. Yet the ceasefire was exemplarily observed farther along the front line as far as to the town of Svitlodarsk [in Donetsk region's Artemivsk district]," he said.

In his words, the northern outskirts of the town of Horlivka and the western outskirts of the city of Donetsk remain the hot spots in the Donetsk sector. Firing happens predominantly in the latter half of the day. The enemy opens provocative fire from small arms and grenade launchers.

The situation was also tense near the village of Shyrokyne, which is located not far from the Ukrainian-controlled city of Mariupol at the Sea of Azov. The enemy carried out several provocative rounds of shelling with the use of 82mm-caliber mortars and grenade launchers on Saturday evening.

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