Ukrainian forces attacked in Donbas 35 times in 24 hrs, shelled with heavy artillery

10:20, 13 September 2016
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Combined Russian-separatist forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in eastern Ukraine 35 times in the past 24 hours, including nine times in the Mariupol sector, 16 times in the Donetsk sector. and 10 times in the Luhansk sector, according to the press center of the Anti-Terrorist Operation Headquarters.


In the Mariupol sector, the enemy resorted to armed provocations in the village of Chermalyk, having using banned 122mm artillery systems on the Ukrainian fortified positions, as well as 82mm mortars on the defenders of the village of Shyrokyne and the town of Krasnohorivka. The militants also fired grenade launchers, machine guns and small arms on the town of Maryinka, and the villages of Hranitne, Starohnativka and Shyrokyne.

In the Luhansk sector, the occupiers fired from infantry fighting vehicles on the village of Novozvanivka, as well as rocket-propelled grenades, machine guns and small arms on the town of Popasna, and the villages of Novo-Oleksandrivka, Novozvanivka and Nyzhnioteple. At about 16:00 Kyiv time, the positions of one of the units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine near the village of Stanytsia Luhanska were attacked by an enemy sabotage and reconnaissance group. The Ukrainian military had to fire back.

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The Ukrainian units that perform tasks in the Anti-Terrorist Operation zone continue their combat training. Military sappers hold mining courses with certain military units.

As UNIAN reported earlier, a Ukrainian armed forces position near the village of Stanytsia Luhanska in Luhansk region was attacked by an enemy special forces unit at about 16:00 local time on Monday, September 12.

"As a result of fighting, two [Ukrainian] servicemen were killed in action (KIA), five were wounded (WIA), one is reported missing in action (MIA), the ATO HQ wrote on Facebook.

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