ATO HQ: Militants attack observation post near Popasna, retreat with losses after failing

21:36, 30 December 2016
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Combined Russian-separatist forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in eastern Ukraine 25 times from 00:00 to 18:00 on Friday, December 30, according to the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters.

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Russia's hybrid military force continued to attack the Ukrainian positions in all sectors. In the Mariupol sector, the militants fired 120mm and 82mm mortars on the villages of Shyrokyne and Talakivka, as well as heavy machine guns and small arms on the town of Maryinka, and the villages of Shyrokyne, Lebedynske and Hnutove, the ATO HQ said in an evening update.

Read alsoMilitary prosecutor: 3 WIA, 5 non-combat losses in Donbas in last dayIn the Luhansk sector, the occupiers used 82mm mortars on the village of Novozvanivka. They also fired rocket-propelled grenades, heavy machine guns and small arms on the villages of Pavlopil, Novozvanivka, Nova Kondrashivka, Chervone Hnylyshche and Novo-Oleksandrivka.

At the same time, in the Donetsk sector, the militants opened fire from small arms on the villages of Pivdenne and Opytne.

"A skirmish took place near the town of Popasna. At about 16:00 Kyiv time, the enemy attacked the Ukrainian observation post. The attack was repulsed, the enemy suffered losses and retreated," the report says.

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