Russian proxies attack Ukraine 51 times in last day, using banned artillery

10:08, 24 January 2017
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The combined Russian-separatist forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas 51 times in the past 24 hours with two Ukrainian soldiers reported as wounded in action (WIA), according to the press service of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters.


In the Mariupol sector, the militants repeatedly used 120mm and 82mm mortars to shell the towns of Krasnohorivka and Maryinka, and the village of Shyrokyne.

"The enemy fired rocket-propelled grenades and small arms on the villages of Pavlopil, Hnutove, Talakivka, Novotroyitske, Shyrokyne, Vodiane, and Lebedynske. Additionally, snipers were active in Novotroyitske and Shyrokyne," the report says.

Read alsoATO HQ doubts disengagement in Stanytsia Luhanska soonIn the Luhansk sector, the occupiers used banned 122mm artillery systems, and 120mm and 82mm mortars to attack the village of Troyitske. The village of Novozvanivka and the town of Popasna came under mortar fire.

"The militants opened fire from grenade launchers, heavy machine guns and small arms on the villages of Krymske, Troyitske, Novozvanivka, Novo-Oleksandrivka, as well as Stanytsia Luhanska, where the disengagement of forces was scheduled to take place," the press center said.

In the Donetsk sector, Russia's hybrid military force used banned 120mm mortars to attack the village of Luhanske, while rocket-propelled grenades and small arms were fired on the town of Avdiyivka, and the villages of Zaitseve and Opytne. A sniper was active in the village of Pisky. Furthermore, Luhanske was attacked by infantry fighting vehicles.

Head of the Information Resistance Group, military analyst and Member of Parliament Dmytro Tymchuk says that the probability of a full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine remains high.

Russia continues massing its troops on the border with Ukraine, and these forces could be engaged to invade, he said.

"We see now that in addition to the ATO zone, there are virtually two new armies on our eastern borders, and three new divisions have been formed on the basis of the armies," he added.

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