Ukraine reports 53 attacks on its troops in Donbas in past day

11:30, 30 October 2016
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The Russian occupation forces attacked Ukrainian positions in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, 53 times in the past 24 hours, according to the press center of the Anti-Terrorist Operation headquarters.


Twenty eight attacks were reported in the Mariupol sector alone. Ukrainian troops stationed in the villages of Shyrokyne, Lebedynske, Talakivka, Hnutove and Vodiane were shelled with the use of banned 120mm mortars. The occupiers used 82mm mortars and banned 122 artillery systems to fire on Ukrainian-held areas close to the town of Krasnohorivka and the village of Troyitske. Large-caliber machine guns, grenade launchers and small arms were engaged to shell areas close to the village of Starohnativka and the town of Maryinka.

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There were 15 attacks in the Donetsk sector. In particular, ATO positions close to the village of Verkhniotoretske and the town of Svitlodarsk came under fire from machine guns and small arms, while banned 120mm mortars were used to shell the town of Zalizne (formerly Artemove).

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Ten barrages were reported to have been mounted in the Luhansk sector on Saturday. Ukrainian troops near the village of Stanytsia Luhanska were shelled with the use of small arms, while the village of Bohuslavske came under grenade and machine gun fire. What is more, militants used 82mm mortars along with small arms and grenade launchers to attack the village of Novozvanivka.

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