Russian proxies violate Donbas truce 27 times on Sunday

20:58, 31 January 2016
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The combined Russian-separatist forces have violated the truce in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, 27 times on Sunday, January 31, according to the press center of the Ukrainian Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) headquarters.

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Kremlin-backed militants continue shelling the Ukrainian positions, occasionally using the weapons that are banned under the Minsk peace agreements, the press center reported in its update on Facebook based on information as of 18:00 Kyiv time on January 31.

In particular, the enemy intensified firing on the Ukrainian positions near the town of Krasnohorivka in Donetsk region, which was shelled with the use of 82mm and 120mm mortars and heavy machine guns, the ATO HQ said.

The militants also used grenade launchers and heavy machine guns to shell Ukrainian troops near the villages of Opytne and Pisky, close to the ruined Donetsk airport. The ATO forces near the village of Novhorodske in Donetsk region were also under attack – the militants used grenade launchers of various systems and an infantry combat vehicle.

The positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the towns of Avdiyivka and Mariynka and the village of Verkhniotoretske in Donetsk region and the village of Troyitske in Luhansk region were also under enemy fire.

Ukrainian troops were attacked 38 times on Friday, January 29, and 36 times on Saturday, January 30.

The ATO HQ reported that two Ukrainian soldiers were killed and another four were wounded on January 30. One of the two was killed and one of the four was wounded in mortar fire near the village of Zaitseve in Donetsk region.

Another two were wounded when Russian-backed militants started shelling the village of Opytne from grenade launchers. The second soldier was killed and fourth was wounded when they hit a booby trap near Butivka coal mine.

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