Ukraine reports 5 KIA, 9 WIA in Donbas in past day amid escalation

09:40, 30 January 2017
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The combined Russian-separatist forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas 56 times in the past 24 hours with five Ukrainian soldiers reported as killed in action (KIA) and nine wounded in action (WIA), according to the press service of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters.

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In the Mariupol sector, the occupiers launched 20 shells toward ATO forces near the village of Talakivka using Grad multiple rocket missile systems. They also used Grads, 122mm artillery systems, mortars of various calibers, rocket-propelled grenades, and small arms shooting on the village of Vodiane.

The village of Lebedynske came under 122mm artillery fire. The militants also fired mortars of various calibers on the town of Krasnohorivka, as well as rocket-propelled grenades and small arms on Krasnohorivka, and the villages of Hnutove, Pavlopil, Shyrokyne and Talakivka. Additionally, the enemy used armored personnel carriers and infantry fighting vehicles in Shyrokyne.

Read alsoMilitants launch assault on Avdiyivka industrial zoneIn the Donetsk sector, the occupiers tried to storm the Ukrainian positions twice near the town of Avdiyivka.

Having suffered losses, they were forced to retreat. During the day, they continued shelling with the use of mortars of various calibers on Avdiyivka, and the villages of Verkhniotoretske, Opytne, Luhanske, Zaitseve and Kamianka. Furthermore, the villages of Novhorodske and Pisky came under tank fire.

In the Luhansk sector, Russia's hybrid military force opened fire from mortars of various calibers and rocket-propelled grenades on the town of Popasna, and the villages of Novo-Oleksandrivka, Troyitske and Novozvanivka.

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