Donbas heating up: Militants increase number of shellings
Over the past day, Russian occupation forces opened fire 37 times on positions of the Ukrainian army, according to the ATO HQ report as of 6:00, September 12, 2016.
The shellings were mostly unsighted, only aiming to provoke the return of fire by the Armed Forces of Ukraine, but Ukrainian defenders steadily adhered to the Minsk agreements.
20 violations of the "silence" were recorded in the Mariupol direction. The enemy resorted to armed provocations outside Vodiane, where it fired on the Ukrainian strongholds from 122-mm artillery, banned under the Minsk agreements, while shooting at the defenders of Shyrokine from 80-mm mortars. Also, the militants opened fire from a BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicle in Shyrokine, while Hranitne, Mariinka, Starohnativka, Shyrokine, and Talakivka were fired upon from grenade launchers, machine guns, and small arms.
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Eight violations were reported in the direction of Donetsk. There were provocative enemy attacks on the positions of Ukrainian defenders with the use of grenade launchers, machine guns and small arms in Avdiyivka and Luhanske.
On all cases of the use of the banned weapons by the illegal armed groups, the Ukrainian side to the Joint Center for Control and Coordination of Ceasefire promptly informs the Special Monitoring Mission of the OSCE in Ukraine and provides its representatives with the relevant supporting documents, with photos demonstrating craters from shells’ explosions.