Escalation in Donbas: 62 militant attacks, 4 WIA's in last day

10:32, 12 January 2017
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Combined Russian-separatist forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas 62 times in the past 24 hours with four Ukrainian soldiers reported as wounded in action (WIA), according to the press service of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters.

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Russian proxies in the Mariupol sector used 120mm and 82mm mortars to shell the towns of Krasnohorivka and Maryinka, while rocket-propelled grenades and small arms were used to attack Maryinka, and the villages of Pavlopil, Hnutove, Hranitne, Vodiane, Novohryhorivka, Shyrokyne, and Talakivka.

Read alsoUkraine reports 49 militant attacks in last dayRussian-backed militants in the Luhansk sector used banned 122mm artillery systems to shell the village of Troyitske. The villages of Novozvanivka and Troyitske, came under fire from 120mm and 82mm mortars grenade launchers of various systems. Infantry fighting vehicles and heavy machine guns were used in the village of Krymske, as well as small arms in the village of Stanytsia Luhanska.

In the Donetsk sector, Russia's hybrid military force resorted to 120mm and 82mm mortars to attack Ukrainian positions near the town of Avdiyivka, and the villages of Zaitseve, Novhorodske and Troyitske. They used rocket-propelled grenades and small arms to fire on the towns of Avdiyivka and Zalizne, and the villages of Maiorsk, Sieverne, Novoselivka Druha, Verkhniotoretske and Zaitseve. An enemy sniper was active in the village of Opytne. Additionally, Avdiyivka was attacked by infantry fighting vehicles.

"Four Ukrainian soldiers were wounded in action, one got injuries. One soldier was killed," the headquarters said.

The Minsk peace agreements on Donbas ban the use of heavy weapons whose caliber is 100mm and larger.


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