Donbas seeing escalation again: 35 attacks on Ukraine troops overnight

09:49, 12 January 2016
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The combined Russian-separatist forces violated the ceasefire 35 times along the demarcation line in Donbas overnight, the press center of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) wrote on Facebook early on Tuesday.

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"The invaders have again fired small arms, rocket-propelled grenade launchers and heavy machine guns on the villages of Pisky and Opytne, the town of Avdiyivka, and northward of the village of Verkhniotoretske. The militants fired a hand-held grenade launcher on our positions near the town of Maryinka, and a sniper was working near the town of Krasnohorivka. Using small arms, rocket-propelled grenade launchers and heavy machine guns near the villages of Novhorodske, Zaitseve and Mayorsk to the north to the militant-held town of Horlivka, the occupiers were trying to provoke our defenders into firing back," the report says.

The militants fired heavy machine guns near the town of Svitlodarsk and areas near the village of Luhanske were under sniper fire, the press center wrote.

"There was a skirmish near the village of Semyhiria in the same sector. As a result of the short battle with the use of small arms, our soldiers repelled the attackers to the starting line. Not far from the village of Troyitske, which is on the border of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, the occupiers fired an 82mm mortar. It was not quiet in Luhansk region as well. Late in the evening, organized criminal groups opened fire from grenade launchers and banned 120mm mortars on the Ukrainian fortified positions near the village of Krymske," the ATO headquarters said.

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