Russian proxies attack Ukraine 52 times in last 24 hours, use banned artillery, mortars

12:21, 30 July 2016
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Combined Russian-separatist forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in eastern Ukraine 52 times in the past 24 hours, according to the press center of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters.

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The Donetsk sector was attacked 23 times, the Luhansk sector 16 times and the Mariupol sector 13 times, the ATO HQ wrote on Facebook on Saturday.

In the Donetsk sector, the enemy fired rocket-propelled grenades, heavy machine guns and small arms on Ukrainian troops near the town of Avdiyivka, as well as at the villages of Luhanske, Verkhniotoretske, Novhorodske, Kalynivka and Opytne. In violation of the Minsk agreements, the enemy opened fire with 120mm mortars on Ukrainian fortified positions in the villages of Pisky, Luhanske and Staromykhailivka. In the village of Nevelske, the militants fired 122mm artillery, as well as operated infantry fighting vehicles in Luhanske.

Read alsoUkraine reports 3 WIA's in past 24 hours"In the Luhansk sector, the occupiers also used banned 120mm mortars. In addition to these types of weapons, they fired heavy machine guns, rocket-propelled grenades and small arms into the town of Popasna and the village of Novo-Oleksandrivka," the press center reported.

In the Mariupol sector, Russian-backed mercenaries fired small arms, rocket-propelled grenades and heavy machine guns in the towns of Krasnohorivka and Maryinka, and the villages of Starohnativka, Hranitne and Vodiane. They also fired 82mm mortars in Krasnohorivka. In addition, sniper fire was reported in Maryinka and Avdiyivka, the press center said.

Moreover, an enemy reconnaissance drone was spotted flying in the Donetsk sector.

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