Russian proxies attack ATO forces 36 times in last day

09:56, 16 May 2016
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The combined Russian-separatist forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in eastern Ukraine 36 times in the past 24 hours, using banned weapons, according to the press center of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO). 

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"The Russian-backed gangs have become much more active near the militant-held city of Donetsk. They intensively fired small arms, rocket-propelled grenades, 82mm and 120mm mortars on our positions near the towns of Avdiyivka and Krasnohorivka. In addition, they fired grenade launchers of various systems and small arms on our fortified positions near the town of Maryinka," the report says.

In addition, an enemy sabotage and reconnaissance group attempted to penetrate into our rear near the village of Opytne not far from the Donetsk airport, using grenade launchers, anti-aircraft guns and 82mm mortars. The saboteurs were located in time. A battle began, after which the attackers had to retreat.

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In the Mariupol sector, the militants continue armed provocations against ATO forces, using grenade launchers of various systems, heavy machine guns and small arms. Yesterday, there were at least three such episodes.

"Shots were heard in Luhansk region. The invaders fired automatic mounted grenade launchers and heavy machine guns on our positions near the town of Schastia. The militants did not stop shelling since the beginning of the day. The Russian-backed mercenaries used banned 120mm mortars, 122mm artillery systems, as well as tank shells near Avdiyivka," the press center said.

In the Mariupol sector, the enemy fired 82mm and 120mm mortars on our positions near the villages of Novotroyitske, Taramchuk and Hranitne.

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