Militants attack ATO troops 57 times in last day
The combined Russian-separatist forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in eastern Ukraine 57 times in the past 24 hours, including 46 times in the Donetsk sector and 11 times in the Mariupol sector, the press center of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) reported on Friday.
"The Russian-backed terrorists fired grenade launchers of various calibers and heavy machine guns on our positions near the villages of Zaitseve, Lozove, Mayorsk, Luhanske, Troyitske and Pisky. They fired the Zu-23 anti-aircraft gun on the Ukrainian positions near Luhanske," the report says.
The militants also fired grenade launchers of various calibers, heavy machine guns, and small arms on the Ukrainian fortified positions near the town of Maryinka, and the villages of Lebedynske and Pavlopil.
Read alsoUN Human Rights Monitoring Mission warns of re-escalation of hostilities in DonbasAt about 20:00 local time, the terrorists opened fire from mortars and launched six missiles on the Ukrainian fortified positions near the village of Opytne. The Russian-backed militants also fired weapons of different caliber and heavy machine guns on the positions near the Butivka coal mine, the town of Avdiyivka and the village of Pisky.
The intensity of shelling decreased at midnight. The militants fired small arms twice on ATO forces near Maryinka and Pisky.