Militants attack several Ukrainian positions in Donbas overnight
The combined Russian-separatist forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in eastern Ukraine more than 20 times from 18:00 to midnight on December 23, the press center of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) wrote on Facebook early Wednesday.
The militants fired small arms, rocket-propelled grenades and heavy machine guns on ATO forces near the villages of Luhanske, Mayorsk, Zaitseve, Lozove and Novhorodske.
The occupiers also fired an automatic mounted grenade launcher on the Ukrainian military in Luhansk region, while in the Mariupol sector, they fired small arms on the western outskirts of the village of Shyrokyne.
"Near the temporarily occupied city of Donetsk, the Kremlin-backed mercenaries provoked ATO forces to return fire near the town of Krasnohorivka and to the south of Avdiyivka, using small arms. They fired heavy machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades several times on the village of Pisky," the report says.
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The press center suggested that the reason for these violations was the weak control system in the structure of Russian-terrorist forces, as well as poor discipline in the ranks of the militants.