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Escalation in Donbas: militants double number of attacks in last day

Combined Russian-separatist forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in eastern Ukraine 72 times in the past 24 hours, including 43 in the Mariupol sector, 15 barrages in the Luhansk sector, and 14 in the Donetsk sector, according to the press service of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters.

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In the Mariupol sector, the militants opened fire from small arms and rocket-propelled grenades near the villages of Hnutove, Talakivka, Hranitne and Starohnativka. They fired 82mm mortars, machine guns, grenade launchers and tank shells on the units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine near the town of Krasnohorivka and the village of Pavlopil. The enemy also used 120mm mortars, infantry fighting vehicles and sniper fire toward the town of Maryinka and the village of Taramchuk. Additionally, the Ukrainian positions near the villages of Shyrokyne and Vodiane were attacked with the use of 122mm and 152mm cannon artillery systems.

Russian proxies attack Ukraine forces 34 times in last day, Mariupol sector remains hot spotIn the Donetsk sector, the occupiers used anti-aircraft guns, grenade launchers, machine guns and infantry fighting vehicles in the villages of Maiorsk and Novhorodske, as well as 82mm and 120mm mortars, and the rest of the arsenal of weapons of smaller caliber on the Ukrainian positions near the village of Zaitseve, Butivka coal mine and the town of Avdiyivka.

In the Luhansk sector, Russia's hybrid military forces fired machine guns, rocket-propelled grenades and small arms near the town of Zolote, and the villages of Triokhizbenka, Krymske, Novo-Oleskandrivka and Troyitske. In addition to these types of weapons, the militants used 82mm mortars in the village of Novozvanivka.

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