Situation hot in Mariupol sector, ATO forces fire back due to threat of breakthrough
Combined Russian-separatist forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in eastern Ukraine 44 times in the past 24 hours, including 34 in the Mariupol sector, seven barrages in the Luhansk sector, and three in the Donetsk sector, according to the press center of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.
In the Mariupol sector, the enemy opened fire from 122mm artillery systems and 120mm mortars several times on the villages of Shyrokyne and Vodiane. The militants used 82mm and 120mm mortars toward the town of Maryinka, and the villages of Taramchuk, Talakivka and Lebedynske.
In the Luhansk sector, the occupiers resorted to armed provocations near the villages of Novo-Oleksandrivka and Novozvanivka, using grenade launchers, machine guns, anti-tank missile systems, small arms, and mortars.
Read alsoUkraine reports 4 WIA in past 24 hoursIn the Donetsk sector, a sniper was active in the village of Novhorodske. The enemy also fired grenade launchers, machine guns, and small arms in this area. In the town of Avdiyivka, in addition to the weapons mentioned, Russia's hybrid military forces used 122mm tube artillery systems.
"In order to hold to our strong-points and to prevent an enemy breakthrough onto the territory controlled by the Ukrainian side, the ATO forces were forced to return fire in several occasions, using only machine guns, grenade launchers, and small arms," the report says.