Militants attack ATO troops 62 times in last day, use mortars more often

12:00, 03 March 2016
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The combined Russian-separatist forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in eastern Ukraine 62 times in the past 24 hours, using banned mortars more often, the press center of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) reported on Thursday.

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"In the Donetsk sector, the terrorists carried out 34 attacks on the Ukrainian fortified positions. The Russian-backed mercenaries fired grenade launchers of different systems and large-caliber machine guns on ATO positions near the villages of Troyitske, Opytne, Pisky, Zaitseve, Luhanske and the town of Krasnohorivka," the report says.

In the Mariupol sector, the militants fired 82mm and 120mm mortars on the Ukrainian positions near the villages of Hnutove and Talakivka, as well as infantry fighting vehicles near the villages of Novotroyitske and Hranitne. They also fired grenade launchers of various systems and heavy machine guns on the Ukrainian fortified positions near the town of Maryinka, the press center said.

Read alsoATO HQ: 47 attacks on Ukraine troops in last day"At 21:00 local time, a sabotage and reconnaissance group of the enemy started firing hand-held grenade launchers and small arms on a fortified position near the village of Novotroyitske. Having received a fitting rebuff from our fighters firing from infantry fighting vehicles, machine-automatic grenade launchers and small arms, the militants withdrew in the direction of the town of Dokuchaievsk. The occupiers also fired mortars on our fortified positions near the villages of Vodiane, Pavlopil, Talakivka and Hnutove," the report reads.

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