Russian proxies continue shelling, use heavy artillery

09:56, 22 June 2016
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The combined Russian-separatist forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in eastern Ukraine 28 times in the past 24 hours, including 13 times in the Donetsk sector, 13 times in the Mariupol sector and twice in the Luhansk sector, according to the press center of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters.

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"In the Donetsk sector, the enemy fired heavy machine guns, rocket-propelled grenades and 82mm mortars on our fortified positions near the town of Avdiyivka and Butivka coal mine. At about 22:00 Kyiv time, the enemy started firing 152mm heavy artillery on the Ukrainian positions near Avdiyivka," the report says.

Read alsoEnemy saboteurs attack Ukraine military near AvdiyivkaAccording to the press center, the illegal armed groups fired automatic grenade launchers on the Ukrainian defenders near the villages of Verkhniotoretske and Luhanske, as well as mortars of different calibers on the Ukrainian positions near the village of Troyitske. The Russian-backed occupiers also fired 122mm self-propelled gun mounts on the Ukrainian fortified positions near the villages of Maiorsk and Mykolaivka Druha.

In the Mariupol sector, the enemy opened fire from small arms on ATO forces near the towns of Krasnohorivka and Maryinka, and the village of Hnutove, as well as from grenade launchers of various systems near the villages of Novotroyitske, Vodiane, Talakivka and Taramchuk. The enemy snipers were active near Krasnohorivka and Maryinka.

In Luhansk region, the Russian-backed mercenaries fired from heavy machine guns, grenade launchers and infantry fighting vehicles on the Ukrainian positions near the village of Novozvanivka.

The Ukrainian army also spotted three UAVs over the demarcation line in the last day.

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