Militants continue to use banned weapons, 65 attacks reported in last day

14:26, 16 July 2016
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Russian-separatist forces continue their attacks on the Ukrainian army, also with weapons prohibited by the Minsk agreements, having violated the ceasefire 65 times in the last day, according to the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) press center.

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"In the Donetsk sector, there were reported 38 attacks. Militants used 122mm artillery to attack Ukrainian positions near Nevelske. The situation near Avdiyivka remained tense where militants had used 120mm and 82mm mortars, rocket-propelled grenades and small arms. The villages of Zaitseve, Opytne, Butovka mine, Pisky were attacked with 82mm mortars," the press service’s statement reads.

In the Mariupol sector, Russian proxies attacked Ukrainian positions 20 times. At about 11:00 p.m. the enemy’s sabotage-reconnaissance group consisting of ten people approached the position of the Ukrainian army near Bohdanivka. They opened fire using small arms from a distance of 250 meters. Ukrainian military are reported to have used grenade launchers and small arms to retaliate, forcing the enemy to withdraw. Another enemy’s sabotage-reconnaissance group tried to attack the ATO stronghold in Maryinka. The attack was rebuffed and the group was forced to retreat.

Read alsoRussia plotting offensive operations in Donbas - TurchynovIn addition, militants used 120mm and 82mm mortars to attack the town of Krasnohorivka, and they also applied rocket-propelled grenades and heavy machine guns to shell villages of Shyrokyne and Hnutove.

"In the Luhansk sector, seven attacks on our positions have been reported. Mortars were fired near Novozvanivka and Novooleksandrivka. Stanitsa Luhanska was attacked with rocket-propelled grenades and small arms," the statement reads. 

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