Russian proxies intensify fire on Ukraine after OSCE mission leaves for base
After an OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine completed its work in Donbas and left for the permanent base on Saturday, March 19, Russian proxies started shelling Ukrainian troops at 17:00 local time, having intensified fire, according to the press center of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) headquarters.
Thirty-two attacks were recorded in the last day, the ATO HQ press center said, 31 of them were registered in the Donetsk sector alone.
"Militants used 82mm mortars to shell Ukrainian strongholds near the town of Avdiyivka and the villages of Pisky, Zaytseve, Mayorsk," the press center said.
Ukrainian troops deployed in Avdiyivka were also attacked by 120mm mortars and 152mm self-propelled artillery vehicles.
Russian-backed militants used anti-aircraft systems to shell Ukrainian military units in the villages of Myronivske and Troyitske, and grenade launchers and machine guns were used to attack Avdiyivka, Pisky, Troyitske and Mayorsk.
The hot spot in the Luhansk sector was the village of Triokhizbenka, where Ukrainian troops were under sniper fire.
The enemy was also trying to provoke Ukrainian servicemen into firing back near the village of Opytne, Butivka coal mine, the villages of Novhorodske and Luhanske, and the town of Krasnohorivka.
Meanwhile, the Mariupol sector was seeing a truce.
Attacks on the Ukrainian troops stopped at midnight, the ATO HQ said.