Escalation in Donbas: 78 militant attacks, 3 WIA's in last day
Combined Russian-separatist forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas 78 times in the past 24 hours with three Ukrainian soldiers reported as wounded in action (WIA), according to the press service of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters.
In the Mariupol sector, Russia's hybrid military force lobbed mortar shells into the villages of Vodiane and Shyrokyne where Ukrainian troops are stationed. The towns of Krasnohorivka and Maryinka, and the villages of Pavlopil, Hnutove, Vodiane and Shyrokyne came under fire from rocket-propelled grenades and small arms. The enemy also used an infantry fighting vehicle to attack the village of Talakivka. Additionally, a sniper was active in Shyrokyne and Talakivka.
In the Luhansk sector, the occupiers used banned 152mm artillery systems to shell the town of Popasna, and the villages of Kalynove and Novozvanivka. They also fired 120mm and 82mm mortars on the town of Zolote, and the villages of Sentianivka, Novozvanivka, and Krymske. Further, rocket-propelled grenades and small arms were used to attack the villages of Novozvanivka and Novo-Oleksandrivka.
Read also3 Ukrainian MIAs in Donbas found killed, their bodies at militants – mediaIn the Donetsk sector, the militants used 120mm and 82mm mortars to shell the villages of Luhanske, Troyitske, and Zaitseve. What is more, they fired rocket-propelled grenades and small arms on the Ukrainian positions near the town of Avdiyivka, and the villages of Kamianka, Luhanske, Zaitseve, and Troyitske. Luhanske was also attacked by an enemy infantry fighting vehicle.
As was reported earlier, Russia's militants on Wednesday, January 11, launched 62 recorded attacks in Donbas resulting in four Ukrainian soldiers wounded in action.