Escalation in Donbas: Militants shell Ukraine troops 61 times in last day

15:40, 25 June 2016
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The situation in the area of the Anti-Terrorist Operation remains tense, though the Ukrainian side reports it keeps it under control. In the last day, 61 episodes of shelling of the Ukrainian positions were recorded. Of these, 28 episodes were recorded in Mariupol direction, 24 – in Donetsk direction, and nine – in the direction of Luhansk, the press center of the ATO wrote on Facebook.

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In Mariupol direction, the Russian occupiers fired on the positions of the Ukrainian forces in the area of Maryinka, Shyrokine, Lebedinske, and Starohnativk from all types of small arms and grenades launchers. The Ukrainian positions near Krasnohorivka, Taramchuk, Talakivka, Vodiane, and Chermalyk were mortared.

It is noted that in the Donetsk direction, near Opytne, Verhnetoretske and Luhanske, the enemy used small arms, machine guns of large caliber, and grenade launchers. Near Zaitseve and Maayorske, the Russian proxies also used 82 mm mortars. The positions near Pisky were fired on from 122-mm artillery.

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According to the press center, in Luhansk region, the enemy fired on the positions of the ATO forces near Popasna and Novozvanivka using small arms, machine guns and automatic grenade launchers, and subsequently – mortars. Also, by conducting indirect mortar fire attacks near Novoaleksandrivka and Novozvanivka, the enemy attempted to provoke the Ukrainian troops to fire in response.

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